Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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large jar
  • Acoma peoples
  • large jar, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico Territory (present-day New Mexico), United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Diameter: 29.5 x 32 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 11 5/8 x 12 5/8 in
  • The Father Felix Nolte Collection from the Benedictine College Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4629

The large jar has a narrow base. The bottom is red and has a wide decorated band on the body and a separate band on the neck. The neck has repeats of a block: the upper facing left corner has a black triangle with a stepped border and two white semicircles. The lower facing right corner has a black triangle with a stepped border and one or two white semicircles. There is a white semicircle on the bottom border of the box. The field is black and white diagonal stripes.

The band around the body is also broken into boxes. There is a white stepped triangle from the facing right border. Within that triangle, there are two black and white striped triangles and a white pointed oval, two black triangles with two circles at one point and a black and white striped leaf shape near the top of the triangle. The field around the stepped triangle has a white pointed oval in the space around the triangle. There is a vertical column between the blocks that has black and whtie stripes and a black and white checkerboard at the middle.