Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Acoma peoples
  • pitcher, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: New Mexico Territory (present-day New Mexico), United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 18.5 x 17.5 x 18.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 7 1/4 x 6 7/8 x 7 1/4 in
  • Gift of James K. Allen
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4606

The pitcher has a globular body and a short neck. The pourspout is slightly taller than the rest of the neck and there is a small loop handle from the rim to the shoulder. It is white overall. The rim is decorated with black and white checkerboard diamonds. The sides of each diamond has two black and white striped triangles. The design is joined by a black and white rectangle. OThere is an orange fleur-de-lis-like shape under the rectangles. The body decoration occurs in repeating blocks: the upper facing left corner is a black stepped triangle with a white pointed oval inside. The lower facing left corner is a black and white striped triangle with black semicircles. The facing right side has a black and white semicircle with two white semicircles inside. There are solid black triangles on the convex side of the striped semicircle.