Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Hopi peoples
  • flask, late 1800s–1922
  • Where object was made: First Mesa, Arizona, United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 12.5 x 13 x 8.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 4 7/8 x 5 1/8 x 3 3/8 in
  • The Father Felix Nolte Collection from the Benedictine College Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4557

The canteen has a globular body, a short straight neck and a loop on either side of the neck. The back is flattened. The front side is decorated with a Kachina, identified as Polik Mana (Butterfly Maiden). The face in the center has a black hairstyle with a widow's peak hairline, gridded band across the forehead, rectangular eyes, triangles with parallel lines marking the cheeks and rectangular markings on the chin. She is wearing a tableta with alternating square shapes and triangular shapes with parallel lines in the triangles. There is a gridded line at the bottom edges of the tableta. There are black lines for arms or shoulders with white semicircles and a black necklace-like decoration below chin.