Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Akimel O'odham (Pima) peoples
  • bowl, late 1800s–1917
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • willow, martynia, beads, coiling
  • Object Height/Diameter: 14 x 36.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 5 1/2 x 14 3/8 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2342

The round coiled bowl has flared sides, and a coil start. Some light blue beads remain on the dark rim. There is a dark circle in the bottom. It is decorated with the "whirling steps" pattern consisting of three narrow triangles that emerge from the center circle, each giving rise to three lines from the straight edge. Three narrow triangles emerge from the rim, the straight side giving rise to three lines, which connect with the first set via oblique bands of triangles.