Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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ladle bowl
  • unknown Hopi maker
  • ladle bowl, late 1800s–1930
  • Where object was made: First Mesa, Arizona, United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Diameter: 4 x 13 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 1 9/16 x 5 1/8 in
  • The Father Felix Nolte Collection from the Benedictine College Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4467

The small round dish has an apparent break on the side where there was once a handle. It has a white field. The interior is decorated with a Kachina face, identified as Polik Mana (Butterfly Maiden).

There is a black circle outline in the center with two circles (eyes) overlapping the edge. The top half of the smaller circles are filled with black dots. There is a horizontal line below the eyes but above a small circle, possibly a nose. An orange triangle outlines each cheek. There are two solid orange outlines at the chin. The stylized feathers around the top half of the head have black outlines and tips with an orange "L" shape. Four black semicircles form the bottom portion of the circle, each with a triangle cut out.