Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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painted tile
  • unknown Meskwaki (Fox) maker
  • painted tile, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Tama, Iowa, United States
  • ceramic, paint, felt, metal, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 15.5 x 15.5 x 1 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 1/8 x 6 1/8 x 3/8 in
  • Gift of Forrest E. Jones
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7454

The square ceramic tile has mottled green and tan felt on the back and a round metal grommet near the top center of the back. The front of the tile is painted with a scene on a white field. In the center there is a female figure with black hair wearing a red dress. She is kneeling on the ground next to a pile of green and white striped squashes. In her proper left hand she is holding one of the squashes and with her proper right hand she is holding a knife to cut the inside of the squash. Behind her there is a drying rack made from rods of light brown wood and black string and there are two rows of yellow colored squash strips hanging over the rack. Behind the drying racks in the top facing left corner there are two brown tree trunks.