Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown A:shiwi (Zuñi) maker
  • bowl, late 1800s–1930
  • Where object was made: Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico, United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Diameter: 10.5 x 17.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 4 1/8 x 6 7/8 in
  • Gift of Eva F. Bennett
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4133

The bowl's rim is cut into four stepped triangles. There is a small hole in the top of each. There is a brown line at the rim and just under the rim. There is one design in each triangle and the area under that consists of two iterations of a frog-like creature with triangles (horns or ears) on the head and a spotted body with an orange stripe. There are two iterations of a butterfly-like creature with two orange wings, two white wings with orange dots, one brown body segment and one orange, and two antennae and a proboscis.

The inside has four tadpoles in the bowl portion and four designs with a diamond and three lines (reminiscent of a fish skeleton).