Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Zuñi maker
  • jar, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: New Mexico Territory (present-day New Mexico), United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Diameter: 22.5 x 28 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 8 7/8 x 11 in
  • Gift of James K. Allen
  • On view: Brosseau Learning Center, 318
  • 2007.4628
Label Text

The jar has a globular body and short neck. It has a dark brown bottom and the remainder is white. There is a wide orange zigzagging snake around the neck, with black dots. The snake has a line from the mouth to the heart, identified as a heartline. It has a wavy brown line under the zigzag and thin semicircles at the shoulder. The body is decorated with a fierce looking four-legged animal with an orange line in its mouth and chest, ending at a red triangle near the heart, identified as a "heartline." The animal is dark brown with large teeth and spiky looking fur.