Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Welcome to the Spencer Collection

human figure
  • unknown Kotyit (Cochiti) maker
  • human figure, late 1800s–1898
  • Where object was made: Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico Territory (present-day New Mexico), United States
  • ceramic, pigment
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 37 x 29 x 16 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 14 9/16 x 11 3/8 x 6 1/4 in
  • The Father Felix Nolte Collection from the Benedictine College Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2741
Label Text

The stylized human figure is standing, with his arms out and lifted, palms forward. He appears to be wearing a white robe-like garment that does not show his legs. His eyes are directed upward, his mouth open, and he has a thin beard and mustache. The small holes in each ear indicates he may once have had earrings. There is a raised scalloped row indicating a hairstyle or comb.

He is wearing a short necklace of small dots with a cross-like pendant with a hook at the bottom, and a second, longer necklace with larger beads and a larger pendant of the same design. There are three black elongated triangles at each shoulder.

His back is decorated with two convergent black lines with white diamonds. There are elongated black triangles, in pairs, from the point of convergence at the figure's upper back. There is a row of black scallops on the figure's buttocks and a black "inverted scallop-like" design around the bottom of the figure.