Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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gourd bowl
  • South America
  • gourd bowl, late 1800s–1979
  • Where object was made: Cuzco, Peru
  • gourd, incising, burning
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 7 x 17 x 18.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 2 3/4 x 6 11/16 x 7 1/4 in
  • Gift of Donato Pilco Pizano
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5424

The shallow bowl is made from a portion of gourd. The design is on the outside of the bowl. It has a flower-like object in the center with a dark petal every fourth petal. It has a dark rope-like design around it. There are two iterations of a stylized rectangular creature with yellow wing-like arches and brown legs with yellow boots. The rectangular head has two wide-set diamonds, possibly eyes. There is a small yellow three-legged creature in the center with brown and yellow striped wings. A human bust separates these two creatures. Each wears a yellow and brown vertically striped top and a pillbox-like headdress. One has dark hair and one has yellow. Each is surrounded by vine-like designs.