Sikyatki Polychrome bowl


Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art

Sikyatki Polychrome bowls are named for the ancient Hopi site of Sikyatki, which means “yellow house.” The vessels were produced in the Hopi region of northern Arizona from the late 14th to early 17th century. The base color is generally a pale yellow, similar to other substyles of ancient Jeddito Yellow Ware vessels, such as the Jeddito Black-on-yellow and Awatovi Black-on-yellow ceramic types. Designs were painted with dark black and red iron-based pigments. Bowls are common forms, usually painted on the interior and often on the exterior as well.

The interior of this Sikyatki Polychrome bowl features a central abstract figure with avian wings and tail feathers flanked by flowers. Such figural abstraction was common on late Sikyatki bowls.

**Adapted from**

* Kimberly L. Jones, PhD, _Hopi Visions: Journey of the Human Spirit_, Gallery text [Sikyatki Polychrome and Yellow Ware Vessels], 2018.
* Kimberly L. Jones, PhD, _Hopi Visions: Journey of the Human Spirit_, Label text, 2018.

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  • Title: Sikyatki Polychrome bowl
  • Date Created: 1450-1629
  • Physical Dimensions: 4 1/4 × 10 × 10 1/8 in. (10.8 × 25.4 × 25.72 cm)
  • Type: Containers
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/5084180/
  • Medium: Ceramic and paints
  • culture: Ancestral Pueblo
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, gift of the Dozier Foundation