Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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large bowl
  • Western Apache peoples
  • large bowl, late 1800s–1930
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • willow, martynia, coiling
  • Object Height/Diameter: 12 x 51 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 4 3/4 x 20 1/16 in
  • Gift of Eva F. Bennett
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2389

The round 3-rod coiled bowl has a flat bottom and flared sides and a dark rim. There is a dark 5-pointed star on the bottom, with two diamonds stacked on the sides emerging from each point. The bottom diamond has a small diamond checkerboard and the top diamond has a cross inside it. The area between the pairs of stacked diamonds have a diamond outline at the bottom, a four legged animal, an arrow pointing downward, and a triangle. Some have a diamond as well, and three have a human figure. There are six dark triangles, pointing down, at the rim in each area.