Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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animal shaped pitcher
  • unknown Kotyit (Cochiti) maker
  • animal shaped pitcher, late 1800s–1923
  • Where object was made: Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico, United States
  • ceramic, pigment
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 13.5 x 12.5 x 15 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 5 5/16 x 4 7/8 x 5 7/8 in
  • The Father Felix Nolte Collection from the Benedictine College Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2745

The body of the figural pitcher is globular, with two small arms on either side, and a handle on the back. The head has a human-like nose and the mouth is open. It has two large bear-like ears. The body and head are white. It has round eyes and a black streak down the nose. The back of the head is covered with black dots that continue down the handle. There is a band of dots around the neck and another band of short vertical lines. The arms and the bottom of the white field have two black lines. The animal has black four-legged animals in a band around the belly. The hands and bottom 1/4 of the vessel are a red clay color.