This large bulbous vessel stands 6.75" high by 9" in diameter on the bulbous portion of the body and 5" at the stove pipe rim. It has a large and generous form, which shows its 'Indian Ware' design very handsomely. It has a rich Native American design over a terra cotta glazed body, a very traditional design representing the tribes of the Navaho and Hopi nations, as represented by its inscribed name 'Homolobi', which is a tribal region and the home of the National Park 'Homolovi', located in Winslow, Arizona. The design colors are much in keeping with other Indian Ware designs of the period and they have been very well preserved. I trust there is lots of symbolism in its design, which lays on this pot beautifully. Clifton was started by William Long of the Lonhuda and Denver Denaura potteries, as well as Weller Pottery fame and the pottery was located in New Jersey and produced pottery from 1905 and 1909. This vase is well marked with the 'Clifton' name, shape number '234', and 'Homolobi', along with an inscribed symbol with a circle and lines, which presents as the sun and a mountain range. The word 'Hopi' means 'place of the little hills', and this inscribed symbol likely represents 'Hopi'. There are two letters inscribed that appear to read 'JH'?, not sure, but perhaps they are the initials of the designer, whose initials sadly may never be known. We know there were many Native American tribes, so perhaps William Long was making pots with designs specific to territories, we are not sure. If you collect Clifton pots, this one is a beauty. It is in original condition, with the usual handling wear, but nothing offensive and no damage or restoration. This very handsome pot, which is smooth to touch, makes a great Arts & Crafts presentation!
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