Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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fish shaped coin bank
  • Country Unknown
  • fish shaped coin bank, late 1800s–1998
  • coconut, shell, carving, staining
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 9 x 9 x 13 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 5 1/8 in
  • The Father Felix Nolte Collection from the Benedictine College Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6308

The dark brown bank is shaped like a fish. The face has round shell eyes and teeth. The face and area around the coin slot are the only solid surfaces, which are decorated with incised texture and lines. The slot appears to be the center of a large flower. The remainder of the bank is decorated with flowers, leaves, and stems and the area between the decoration is removed, leaving a lacy looking pattern. There is no tail fin, the fish ends in a small point. It is dark brown.