Rare Hopi storage jug may see $120,000 at Bonhams

A rare storage jug made by the Hopi people is to appear at Bonhams' June 3 auction of Native American Art in San Francisco.

Hopi polychrome storage jug
The vase was created by Nampeyo, one of the most famous artists in all Hopi culture

The spectacular piece, decorated with eagle tail patterns and hooked wing motifs, is expected to sell for $80,000-120,000.

The sale follows the recent furore over the sale of Hopi "Kachina friends" - masks which are revered in Hopi culture as representations of dead ancestors and spirits. The tribe protested the sale, but it went ahead anyway, realising $1.2m.

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