Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Africa
  • decanter, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • pewter, stamping, incising
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 18 x 22 x 17 cm width with spout
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 7 1/16 x 8 5/8 x 6 11/16 in width with spout
  • Gift of Dr. Curt Von Wedel
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2983

The pitcher-like vessel has a globular bottom and a cylindrical neck. There is a short, straight foot, and a rounded rim on the neck. The spout emerges near the bottom of the globular portion, and extends nearly to the rim. There is no handle.

The neck is decorated with a harlequin pattern, with small circles in each diamond. There is a botanical looking decoration of wavy lines with leaf-like extensions and clusters of small circles on the shoulder and vertical parallel stripes with a triangular top ("picket" shaped) from the widest point to the foot. A band of dots separates the botanical band from the pickets.