Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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figural vase
  • Piipaash (Maricopa) peoples
  • figural vase, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 14.5 x 7 x 7 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 5 11/16 x 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4130

The vase has a globular bottom, but the top portion is that of a human female. The base has four feet and is decorated with a band of downward pointng triangles, the bottom tip is painted black. The female torso has small breasts and a raised necklace. Her arms lay at her sides, hands on the base. The head has a molded nose, but the eyes, long black hair and tattoos under the mouth are painted on. There is a loop handle on the back.