Homolovi pottery comes from only two sites near Winslow Arizona and is one of the important types that bridged the gap from Anasazi to Hopi pottery. The area was popular for cotton farming, as evidenced by the weaving looms, spindle whorls and massive amounts of cottonseed that have been found at the ruins. The nearby Little Colorado River provided water for the inhabitants, the cotton and their other crops. The site was along the prehistoric Palatkwapi Trail, which ran from Montezuma Castle to the Hopi mesas. Trading of cotton, pottery and parrots was common between the many prehistoric sites in northern Arizona. At the peak, it is estimated, 5,000 people lived at Homolovi. Homolovi II, the largest of the four pueblos, it had three plazas and stone walls rising two to three stories, and housed several thousand people. In the 1400s, the area was abandoned, just as were many other Southwest ruins.
This wonderful bowl is in perfect condition measuring 8 5/8 inches by 3 inches while exhibiting a classic Homolovi design in black on a deep orange-red clay body. Pieces from the Homolovi tradition are very scarce and down-right rare when in perfect mint condition.
The Homolovi tradition marks a beginning evolution to the protohistoric Hopi pieces and are the genesis of the Hopi pottery of today.