Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded pitcher
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • beaded pitcher, late 1800s–1918
  • Where object was made: United States
  • ceramic, cotton, beading
  • Object Height/Diameter: 15.5 x 11 cm
    Object Length/Width: 6 1/8 x 4 5/16 in
  • Transfer from Central College, Orville John and Evaline Dryer Green Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1915

The small white ceramic pitcher is wrapped in cotton cloth and beaded. The handle is the only undecorated exterior surface, stretching from the rim to the shoulder. The neck is wrapped in bands of dark blue, yellow, red, and white. The body of the pitcher is covered in blocks of yellow, dark blue, and white that are arranged in diagonal lines, but are vertically separated by thick lines of red. The bottom surface is beaded in a similar block pattern, though large segments are gone.