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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, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: First Mesa, Arizona Territory (present-day Arizona), United States
  • ceramic, pigment
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 26 x 28 x 29.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 1/4 x 11 x 11 5/8 in
  • Gift of James K. Allen
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2739

The square jar has a short, straight neck. Each side has the same design, with slight differences.
It has a white field and a black curlicue from the top two corners into the center design. There are three black finger-like projections under a black arch over the top of three white with black dots and black feather-like ojects pointing down. One side has four fingers, rather than three. Another side has two red feathers, rather than three. One side has three red feathers, rather than dotted.

The shoulder is decorated on two sides with a row of black squares, each with a white diagonal stripe and two black squiggly lines. The other two sides are decorated with red squares with a white diagonal zigzag. The bottom of the neck is decorated with pairs of stacked rectangles in red or black, and there is a dark scallop just above.