Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Elva Nampeyo
    1926–1985, active 1940–1985
    active: United States, United States
  • bowl, 1930
  • Where object was made: First Mesa, Arizona, United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Diameter: 7 x 16 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 2 3/4 x 6 1/4 in
  • Gift of Forrest E. Jones
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4481

The small bowl has a slight shoulder and an orange and white field. The decoration on the shoulder repeats twice: a black triangle with a field colored rectangle inside, two orange triangles, two field colored teardrops with a black dot, and a white "D" shape on a black background. The white triangle shape with a black semicircle on the facing left and the facing right point travels down and curves back up to the teardrops. There are two fingerlike shapes in mottled black and white. The band at the rim extends from the same black triangle. There is an orange triangle and a black and white mottled triangle and a white curlicue on a black field and three black horizontal lines.