Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Laguna peoples
  • candleholder, late 1800s–1992
  • Where object was made: Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico, United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Diameter: 8 x 12.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 3 1/8 x 4 7/8 in
  • The Father Felix Nolte Collection from the Benedictine College Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4200

The ceramic candleholder has a shallow bowl with a cylinder in the middle (to hold the candle) and a handle from the cylinder to the edge of the dish. The handle is red and twisted. The cylinder is decorated with a repeated design consisting of a triangle with black and white stripes and red marks in the space around the triangle. The dish is decorated with four white semicircles at the edge, each with two red leaf-like shapes and black dots. There are two checkerboard panels of black/white striped squares and white squares with red dots. The space from the semicircles to the checkerboard is filled with black and white stripes and one leaf shape with three red dots.