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figural pitcher
  • unknown Kotyit (Cochiti) maker
  • figural pitcher, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: New Mexico Territory (present-day New Mexico), United States
  • ceramic, painting
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 22.5 x 16 x 21.5 cm depth is spout to handle
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 8 7/8 x 6 1/4 x 8 7/16 in depth is spout to handle
  • Gift of James K. Allen
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1342

The ceramic pitcher has two stacked orbs with a handle that spans the space between. The opening has two ear-like projections, and the spout is the eyes and snout or beak of the animal. The top orb has long, thin black triangles pointing downward (two with three leaves, identified as the beeweed plant), and the bottom orb has diagonal black lines with semicircles, that join with tall thin black triangles, forming a zigzag like band. It has a spotted handle.