Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Acoma peoples
  • bowl, late 1800s–1979
  • Where object was made: New Mexico, United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Diameter: 9.5 x 17.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 3 3/4 x 6 7/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4602

The bowl has a rounded bottom and flared rim. The inside is white with a black and white checkerboard rim. The exterior portion of the rim is also checkerboard blocks. The entire exterior surface, including the bottom is painted. The bottom center is a diamond shape filled with a checkerboard of black and white striped blocks and white blocks. There is a black triangle on each side of the diamond and two black and white teardrop shapes at each angle. The sides of the bowl have a circle outline with a triangle inside. The triangle is filled with crosshatching and has black semicircles on the inside of two borders and longer projections on the bottom border. There are black triangles on the outside of the upper two borders. Each circle sits inside the curled portion of an inverted wave pattern of black and white stripes. Two of the circles have a crosshatched triangle on the outside as well.