Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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large vase
  • Joy Navasie
    born: Hopi-Tewa Reservation, Arizona, United States ; active: United States
  • large vase, 1951–1995
  • Where object was made: United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Diameter: 28 x 20 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 11 x 7 7/8 in
  • Gift from the Security Benefit Group of Companies
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4089

The mostly cylindrical vase flares slightly and has a slight shoulder. It has a white field decorated with two iterations of two images that alternate. Image one is a large scale curlicue that travels from top to bottom and back up. It is filled mostly with black geometric shapes, but the middle has a red shape with two pointed projections. Image two has the overall shape of a backward, lowercase "r" and is again filled with black and white geometric shapes. There are two red segments and one segment of white with black dots. Each image is enclosed in a panel, so there are a total of four decorated panels.