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bird shaped pitcher
  • unknown Kotyit (Cochiti) maker
  • bird shaped pitcher, circa 1890-circa 1950
  • Where object was made: New Mexico, United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 21.5 x 18 x 20.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 8 7/16 x 7 1/16 x 8 1/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4249

The ceramic pitcher has a globular body and small head. It has a white field. The head has a modeled beak with a hole under it and raised eyes. The back of the head is decorated with black dots and there is a band of black scallops around the neck. The front of the body is decorated with rows of arches, possibly stylized feathers. It has small projecting wings and a tail, which is decorated with a raincloud and rain. There is a handle on the back and three red crescents on either side and a row of semicircles.