Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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large bowl
  • Akimel O'odham (Pima) peoples
  • large bowl, late 1800s–1992
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • willow, martynia, bear grass, coiling
  • Object Height/Diameter: 15 x 44 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 5 7/8 x 17 5/16 in
  • The Father Felix Nolte Collection from the Benedictine College Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2385

The round coiled bowl has flared sides and a flat dark bottom. It is decorated with an elaborated "whirling steps" pattern of four right triangles emerging from the bottom circle, one side of each with four small triangles. There is a band of a key-like pattern at the top that extends downward with the same jagged triangle, but it is reversed to have the jagged sides facing. The same jagged triangles are also at the rim, pointing downward.