Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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large bowl
  • Akimel O'odham (Pima) peoples
  • large bowl, late 1800s–1918
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • willow, martynia, bear grass, coiling
  • Object Height/Diameter: 12.5 x 36 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 4 7/8 x 14 1/8 in
  • Gift of Frank and Edna Green
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2352

The round coiled bowl has a flat bottom and flared sides and a cross start. There is a small dark circle in the center of the bottom. The sides are decorated in the "whirling steps" pattern of four narrow triangles from the bottom edge and the top edge, with stepped, swirling lines between them. The swirling lines have a dark cross in the center, where the lines start or end. It has a dark rim.