Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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small jar
  • Elva Nampeyo
    1926–1985, active 1940–1985
    active: United States, United States
  • small jar, mid 1900s–1974
  • Where object was made: First Mesa, Arizona, United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Diameter: 7.5 x 13 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 2 15/16 x 5 1/8 in
  • Gift of Ann P. Schlager
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4457

The small red jar has a flattened shoulder. It has black decoration on the shoulder and the top portion of the body. One design repeats twice. From the facing left it consists of a large black triangle with a small red rectangle at the center back with a column of three small crosses. There is a right triangle with speckled brown fill and two smaller triangle outlines below with a dot at the wider end. There is black fill behind the rounded end of the triangles. There is a red curl on black fill over a red "D" shape with black on either side of it. Three parallel black lines cover a triangular black outline with a large, curling tail followed by a "B" shape with speckled brown fill.