Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown A:shiwi (Zuñi) maker
  • bowl, mid 1800s
  • Where object was made: New Mexico Territory (present-day New Mexico), United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Diameter: 13.5 x 24 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 5 5/16 x 9 7/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4140

The ceramic bowl has four clusters of three projections on the rim. The projections are broken, so the shape is unclear. Each is decorated with a cross (with two cross bars) on both sides. The interior of the bowl is decorated with two iterations of a splayed four-legged animal with small projections around the outside, identified as a horned toad. There are two clusters of three tadpoles. The outside has four iterations of a cross-like design, possibly stylized dragonflies. The wings are two scalloped lines and the vertical portion is tapered at the bottom end, the top end is a small "T."