Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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bowl with Avanyu design
  • Juanita
  • bowl with Avanyu design, late 1800s–1998
  • Where object was made: San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico, United States
  • ceramic, carving, burnishing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 9 x 17 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 3 1/2 x 6 11/16 in
  • Gift from the Security Benefit Group of Companies
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4652

The globular bowl has a glossy red surface carved away to leave a serpent-like figure with a large triangular tongue and curlicue on the head, identified as Avanyu. There is also a band of semicircles at the rim, and the carving left a matte red field for the decorated band.