Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Sadie Adams
    1905–1995, active 1930–1981
    active: United States
  • bowl, mid 1900s–1992
  • Where object was made: First Mesa, Arizona, United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Diameter: 4.5 x 23.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 1 3/4 x 9 1/4 in
  • Gift from the Estate of Karl Menninger and his family
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4459

The wide, shallow bowl has a white field with a Kachina face. The center of the bowl has a circle with diamond shaped eyes, a forehead with black dots and widow's peak hairline. There are red and black diagonal stripes on the cheeks and vertical stripes on the chin. There is a rectangle under the chin and two narrow black triangles and two wider black lines under the rectangle. There is a thin black arch on either side of the rectangle. Two semicircular rows of red with tall, narrow black triangles and lines represent a stylized tableta. The center of each has a vertical red border, and white stepped triangle.

There are two small holes near the rim at the top of the image.