Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Piipaash (Maricopa) maker
  • vase, late 1800s–1945
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • ceramic, paint, burnishing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 16 x 11.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 6 1/4 x 4 1/2 in
  • The Father Felix Nolte Collection from the Benedictine College Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4126

The vase has a globular base and a cylindrical neck topped with a human head. The base is decorated with a band of open circles and a wider band of a rounded key-like design above. The neck is decorated with vertical wavy lines. The head has black on one side, probably to indicate hair, the ears, cheeks, nose and chin are molded. The eyes are painted and the mouth is a small hole.