Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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stylized animal pitcher
  • unknown Kotyit (Cochiti) maker
  • stylized animal pitcher, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: New Mexico Territory (present-day New Mexico), United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 31 x 18 x 29 cm depth from nose to tail
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 3/16 x 7 1/16 x 11 3/8 in depth from nose to tail
  • Gift of James K. Allen
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4064

The ceramic vessel, possibly a pitcher, is a stylized bird or dog. The head has a long snout-like mouth with an opening at the end. It has two small holes for eyes and two small dark ears. The rounded body has no definition, but there are two short legs with toes indicated and a broken tail. The orange clay is covered with a light brown or tan paint. There is a band around the neck with short vertical stripes. Ladder-like lines cross the neck and decorate the head. There are three large tree-like decorations on the body.