Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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human figure with cradleboard
  • Mojave peoples
  • human figure with cradleboard, 1850–1890
  • Where object was made: Fort Mojave, Arizona Territory (present-day Arizona), United States
  • ceramic, pigment, beads, plant fiber, wood, cloth, yarn, ribbon, dyeing, weaving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: a) 20 x 11 x 6 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: a) 7 7/8 x 4 5/16 x 2 3/8 in
    Object Height/Width/Depth: b) 44 x 28 x 5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: b) 17 5/16 x 11 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift of Jessie Hodges Benton
  • On view: Gallery 401
  • 2007.6009.a,b

The ceramic figure (2007.6009.a) has a large plant fiber cradleboard (2007.6009.b).

The figure is missing both legs and the proper right arm. The remainder is painted yellow with vertical red stripes, including the face. It has bulging white eyes. It has a dark blue and white bead necklace and earring on the proper right ear.

The cradleboard is made from strips of plant fiber. It is curved on top and wrapped with dark blue and white striped and polka dotted cloth. The ends are left free as a tassel or fringe. The dark brown wooden frame behind the plant fiber has red and dark blue woven strips woven between.