Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Hopi maker
  • bowl, early 1900s–1950
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Diameter: 9.5 x 32.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 3 3/4 x 12 3/4 in
  • Gift from the estate of Gertrude W. Green
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4478

The wide shallow bowl has flaring sides and a slight shoulder. It has a white and orange field. The shoulder decoration repeats: a black triangle, a black triangle with a stepped side, a black teardrop shape with vertical white lines in the white portion and two black finger-like shapes, each with a white semicircle in the top.

The interior is also decorated with a black and field colored mottled zigzag shape at the top. There is a red triangle, with a white triangle inside, with a point that morphs into a field colored circle in the center. There are three black feathers with white tips on the facing left. There are two white triangles and two red triangles below the feathers, interdigitated. There are two pairs of stacked "D" shapes in white, with small black lines on a black field below the red triangle.