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San Ildefonso Artist

Bowl, early 20th c
Earthenware and paint
8 3/8 x 9 1/2 x 9 9/16 in. (21.27 x 24.13 x 24.29 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, New Mexico
Technique: Hand-forming
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Levi Chubbuck
Accession Number: P0585
Large bowl with pedestal base. Projection in the form of a step-pyramid along one quarter of the rim. Exterior has band of black squares. Interior has two serpents and rainclouds on projection.

Red clay, grey slip, and black paint

Jars larger than prayer meal bowls are also used for sacred purposes. Their shape often includes a terraced rim, possibly inspired by the forms of cumulus rain clouds. Design motifs used on this bowl are stars (crossed lines), cloud banks (inverted half circles), lightning (zigzag lines with arrows) and the sacred serpent Avanyu.

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 43 (illustrated/bw) fig. 117.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 8 3/8 x 9 1/2 x 9 9/16 in. (21.27 x 24.13 x 24.29 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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