Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Mary Tora
  • jar, late 1800s–1988
  • Where object was made: New Mexico, United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Diameter: 19 x 17.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 7 1/2 x 6 7/8 in
  • Gift of Margaret L. Hoopes
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4569

The jar has a straight neck and a red bottom and interior. The top 2/3 of the exterior has a white field. The rim is decorated with a series of arches, each with a black semicircle at the top and two diagonally oriented rows of triangles in red, black or black and tan stripes. There is a wide band on the body that has two repeats of a design. The center has a red "6" shape with a black and white striped rectangle in hole with a red outline. The negative space around the top of the six is filled with black and white stripes. There is a triangle with black stripes and rows of black semicircles on either side of the center design, though they are oriented differently. The outermost point of each triangle has a curlicue with black and white stripes. A red triangle with a white rectangle fills the negative space above or below the curlicue. There are two black triangles on the outside of the curlicue.