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Hopi Plaque-Whirling Log

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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 modified whirling log design.The Whirling Log symbol is associated with a narrative involving a man who takes a journey down the San Juan River in a hollowed out log canoe. During his adventure, he encounters whirlpools where the San Juan River meets the Colorado River. There he comes upon a whirling cross with Yei figures seated on the cross. From the yeis he learns much knowledge, which he takes back to his people. It was originally presented to the winner of a race named Angie Mawa III. 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- 10 1/2"


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