Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Hopi maker
  • bowl, late 1800s–1930
  • Where object was made: First Mesa, Arizona, United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Diameter: 6.5 x 23.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 2 1/2 x 9 1/4 in
  • Gift of Eva F. Bennett
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4488

The wide, shallow bowl has a light colored field. It is decorated with a highly stylized bird with the curved parts representing wings. The three tail feathers have black tips. The body is decorated with two right triangles in black with stepped edges defining a backward "N" in white. There is a solid brown segment above the tail. The rounded head is orange at the end and there are three black triangles. There are four long, narrow black triangles on the bird's belly, with parallel lines between the middle two triangles.