The Buffalo Dancer image reflects the full body motion during a Hopi social dance
that occurs in mid-winter. Pueblos, further to the east, along the Rio Grande also
have representations of the Buffalo Dancer. The ceremonies involving the Dancer most
likely reflect a time when the buffalo were present to the east on the high plains.
To many collectors the shape of the vase has the appearance of a Greek or Roman
amphora. However, all the elements of this form occur in prehistoric ceramics of the
Southwest: The body of the vase is from Hopi, the handles from Mesa Verde area
and the rim form from the Rio Grande area. © 1995