Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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square jar
  • Nampeyo of Hano
    1859–1942, active 1880–1940
    born: Hano, Arizona Territory (present-day Arizona), United States ; died: Hano, Arizona, United States
  • square jar, 1870s
  • Where object was made: First Mesa, Arizona Territory (present-day Arizona), United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 23 x 26 x 25 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 1/16 x 10 1/4 x 9 13/16 in
  • Gift of James K. Allen
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6791

The ceramic jar has a square shoulder and sides with rounded corners. It has a white field. Each side has a similar decoration: a composite design with four dark brown finger-like projections from the top, two dark brown curlicues to the sides, and three rectangles with triangles at the bottom. The rectangles are white with red or brown spots and the triangles are dark brown. One side has five finger-like projections and four rectangles with triangles.

The shoulder has a band of dark brown decoration. Two sides have rectangle outlines with dark brown diagonal zigzags between dark brown right triangles. The other two sides have a white arch shape with narrow concentric dark brown rectangles inside with two triangles with lines at the top. The neck is decorated with a dark brown triangle outline at each corner with two connected red triangles above.