Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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square jar
  • unknown Hopi maker
  • square jar, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: First Mesa, Arizona Territory (present-day Arizona), United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 15.5 x 11.5 x 11.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 1/8 x 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 in
  • Gift of James K. Allen
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5795

Small jar with square sides and a square opening at the top. The jar is painted with a white field and designs in black and red. All four sides have the same pattern. At the top is a wide black triangle with stepped edges at the bottom. Below that there is an upside down squared U-shape painted in red with black outlines. Near the ends of the U-shape are white circles with black outlines and extending from the ends of the shape are three thin black lines, possibly indicating a stylized feather or wing design. Just below the rim of the jar is another small design area. There are two different design patterns painted in black that alternate between sides. One has three vertical bars in the center and on either side there are triangles at the top and bottom and in the center is a small square with two lines inside and three lines extending out from the side. The other design pattern is a wide white t-shape above a field decorated with black crosshatching. The top of the rim is painted red.