Navajo potter Ida Sahmie, best known for her combination of Hopi pottery making methods with traditional Navajo designs, created this small but impressive night dance piece. It features a night dance scene with Yei dancers surrounding nearly the entirety of the piece, featuring incised faces, bodies, leather, and masks. The top of half of the piece is painted black, creating a night sky behind the dancers, and the lighter, bottom portion of the piece represents the fire around which the dancers circle. Ida was born on the Navajo reservation and married into the Hopi Pueblo, at which time she learned to create pottery from her mother-in-law, Priscilla Nampeyo. 3 1/4″ tall x 3 1/4″ wide.