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: 16 x 13 x 12 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 1/4 x 5 1/8 x 4 3/4 in
  • Gift of James K. Allen
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5796

Small jar with square sides and square rim. Decorated with a white field and brown and red designs. Each side has a similar design with slight variations. In the center is a T-shape filled with red paint and with horizontal lines through the top. Three of the sides also have a triangular point at the top of the T-shape. At the bottom of the T-shape are three brown lines extending down, possibly indicating feathers or wings. Extending from the side of the T-shapes there are thick L-shapes filled with brown crosshatching. One two sides the L-shapes are horizontal, vertical on the other two sides. Extending from the bottom corners of each of the L-shapes are three wide vertical lines painted in brown. Around the shoulder and neck of the jar on each of the four sides is a simple pattern of a short vertical line with a sharp triangular point which extends to the right. Just below the rim is a wide brown line and the top of the rim is painted red.