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bird-shaped pitcher
  • unknown Kotyit (Cochiti) maker
  • bird-shaped pitcher, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: New Mexico Territory (present-day New Mexico), United States
  • ceramic, pigment
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 15 x 12 x 19 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 5 7/8 x 4 3/4 x 7 1/2 in
  • Gift of James K. Allen
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2742

The spherical pitcher has a bird-shaped head and one handle on the back. The only opening is on the top of the head. It has a white field and a black and white fan-like shape at the rear. There is a black flower like shape on each side, with a black crescent shape with white diamonds. The bottom has a band of scallops, filled with black dots, with a black band below and white scallops.

The top of bird's head is covered with small black dots with a solid black circle around the opening. There are black scallops around the neck. A black zigzag line separates the dotted top from the solid white bottom.