Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Tesuque peoples
  • bowl, late 1800s–circa 1955
  • Where object was made: New Mexico, United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 16 x 24 x 27 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 5/16 x 9 7/16 x 10 5/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4083

The bowl has a stepped triangle on one side of the lip. The interior of the bowl is decorated with two snakes on their sides with a third coiled in the bottom. The exterior side with the taller rim is decorated with a stepped triangle with two arrows inside and arrows at the angles. The remainder of the exterior is decorated with two figures, possibly a koshare (striped figure) and a kachina (figure with feathers), on either side of the bowl. The area opposite the side with the raised rim has a leaf-like decoration and a triangle filled with scalloped lines.