Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Hopi peoples
  • bowl, late 1800s–1937
  • Where object was made: First Mesa, Arizona, United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Diameter: 5 x 19 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 1 15/16 x 7 1/2 in
  • The Father Felix Nolte Collection from the Benedictine College Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4472

The wide, shallow bowl has a light orange field. It is decorated inside. The semicircular area at the top is defined by a thick black line that has a black and field colored harlequin pattern in the top half and a band of black semicircles at the bottom of the pattern. Two semicircular areas are defined below the first, but to either side. Each has two vertical columns of black semicircles in the middle with a column of chevrons between them. There is a field colored rectangle with a point at the bottom below the chevrons in a black rectangle. The black rectangle has arm-like extensions below the semicircles, that form a key-like pattern. There is a column of short horizontal black lines on the lateral aspect with a thick black line from the top of column to the edge of the bowl.