Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • San Ildefonso peoples
  • jar, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: New Mexico Territory (present-day New Mexico), United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Diameter: 23.5 x 29 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 9 1/4 x 11 3/8 in
  • Gift of James K. Allen
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1331

The ceramic jar's top half is painted white with black and orange decoration. The bottom half is undecorated. The neck decoration is delineated in two sets of two thin black bands. A black semicircle filled with a scale-like design, alternates with a vaguely floral design of two orange triangles and one black triangle. The band around the belly is also defined by two sets of thin black lines (the top one is shared). It is divided by a zig zag, making alternating triangle shapes. The downward pointing triangles have an orange leaf in them, and a stepped black band on two sides. The upward pointing triangles have a four petal orange flower, and orange inverted scallops on two sides.