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Hopi Plaque-Butterfly

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The Hopi have woven utilitarian and ceremonial baskets for many centuries, and despite a burgeoning collectors market, their contemporary basketry deviates little from traditional patterns and styles. Geometric and pictorial desighs, sush as those woven on plaques gifted to Hopi grooms and their families, are carefully crafted and steeped in symbolism.

This particular example is a wonderful coiled plaque featuring a butterfly design. In Hopi culture, a butterfly is considered one of the wildlife spirits known as ‘Kachina.’ There is a two-day ceremony of butterfly dances in which a butterfly appears. This ritual comes as a custom for young women, who will shortly learn the tribe’s traditional songs and women’s role in Hopi culture.This example is densely woven, as evidenced by the overal weight of the plaque, and exhibits the exactingly symmetric design for which Hopi weavers are known.

  • Artist-Unknown
  • Size- 9 1/2"


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