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  • Zuñi peoples
  • jar, late 1800s–1928
  • Where object was made: New Mexico, United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Diameter: 26 x 36.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 10 1/4 x 14 3/8 in
  • Gift of Eva F. Bennett
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1328

On this short, fat ceramic jar the shoulder and belly are painted with a white field and brown and orange decoration. The top band of decoration has two repeats of two designs, which alternate. One design is a brown cross hatched diamond, with an orange outline, and a brown outline. The brown outline has curlicue-like embellishments that form a border around the diamond. The other design is a brown cross hatched triangle, and two objects that look similar to an axehead, which have orange and white stripes. There is a brown and orange flourish under this design.

The belly of the pot has two repeats of a medallion like design. It is a white flower on an orange field, with a scalloped brown border. The space between the medallions, on either side, has two bands of brown curlicue-like designs and three orange birds, possibly roadrunners.