Ceramics have a long-standing tradition in the southwestern pueblos dating from 7500 B.C.E. to the present day. Originally all pottery production was for Native use, and specific shapes, designs, and colors can be attributed to specific pueblos. The Hopi—Pueblo people living in the southwestern United States—began making tiles for decoration in the nineteenth century. Their designs mirrored the abstracted motifs used on their pottery. By the early twentieth century, especially after the advent of the Santa Fe railroad in the 1870s, non-Native merchants and collectors passing through the region created a demand for portable Native tokens. Entrepreneurial Native potters made small bowls and decorative tiles using traditional Hopi and Pueblo designs to fulfill this commercial opportunity.
- Culture: Hopi Pueblo, Native American
- Medium: Clay, slip
- Place Made: First Mesa, Arizona, United States
- Dates: late 19th-early 20th century
- Dimensions: 3 3/8 x 3in. (8.5 x 7.6cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of the Americas
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: X1047.7
- Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Collection
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Hopi Pueblo (Native American). Tile, late 19th-early 20th century. Clay, slip, 3 3/8 x 3in. (8.5 x 7.6cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, X1047.7. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Rectangular flat tile, with white slip. Head of a kachina doll with elaborate headdress, two half-circles at the bottom of the tile. A brown slip overall, double black border. No holes. Made in a mold. CONDITION: Good.
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)