Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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shallow bowl
  • unknown Apache maker
  • shallow bowl, late 1800s–1930s
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • martynia, sumac, coiling
  • Object Height/Diameter: 9 x 48.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 3 1/2 x 19 1/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5577

The three-rod coiled basket is in the shape of a wide, shallow bowl. The field is light brown sumac fibers and the pattern is woven with dark brown martynia fibers. In the center is a five-pointed star and light brown outline on a dark brown field. The outside of that is a band of alternating blocks of light and dark brown squares. Above that are four triangular panels with a light brown field. In the center is a light brown human figure inside of a dark brown building with a pointed roof. On either side of the building are four-legged animals facing toward the building. Between those panels are four dark brown triangles that have either a swastika pattern or a four-legged animal in light brown. The outermost coil is dark brown.