Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Acoma maker
  • jar, late 1800s–1910
  • Where object was made: New Mexico Territory (present-day New Mexico), United States
  • ceramic, painting
  • Object Height/Diameter: 26 x 32 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 10 1/4 x 12 5/8 in
  • Gift from the Estate of Karl Menninger and his family
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1338

The bulbous ceramic pot has a band of red paint at the bottom. The top 2/3 are covered with a field of white paint with orange and dark brown decoration. The decoration does not appear to be in discrete bands. The decoration includes swastikas and triangles filled with brown lines, thin dark brown curlicues, thick orange curls. There are three repeats of this design, at the shoulder: a rectangle, with triangles (filled with thin brown lines) at each corner, a thick band of orange (except in corners) outlining a center rectangle of white, with a brown and white sawtooth design. Strips of decoration stretch from the bottom corner of one rectangle to the upper corner of the neighboring rectangle.