Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Hopi maker
  • bowl, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Diameter: 4 x 16.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 1 9/16 x 6 1/2 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4474

The wide, shallow bowl has a light colored field. It is decorated on the inside with a kachina face, possibly Pahlik Mana (Butterfly Maiden). The center of the bowl has a black circle, representing her face. There is a black band at the top with a triangle, similar to a widow's peak hairline, with a horizontal band below it. There are widely spaced rectangular eyes and orange marks on the cheeks and alternating orange and black triangles at the chin. The tableta above her head has two orange rectangles with key-like extensions at either end. There are curled chevrons in the space above the rectangles. Her body is a rectangle with two semicircles with small marks, possibly necklaces. Two black lines with small hands come up from the edge.