Illinois Wesleyan University John Wesley Powell Collection of Pueblo Pottery (Illinois Wesleyan University)
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BOWL
BOWL
TitleBOWL
Case Location0036
Cultural AffiliationZuni
Date of Manufactureca. 1850
Description
Like artifact numbers 29, 30, 73, and other bowls in this collection, the exterior of this bowl is painted with the lotemla wohanapa (all different kinds of feathers hang down) motif. The band constitutes a prayer that all kinds of clouds may gather together to make a cloudy day and produce rain. A possible spirit break frames the top and bottom of this exterior band.

And like numbers 29 and 73, the interior of this bowl has a red wetolianne (zigzag) band that represents either alialaye (waves) or citola (the water snake), both of which are water symbols that are reinforced by what appears to have been a large, elaborate rain bird motif (now badly worn) painted below the horizontal spirit break.

As on numbers 30 and 76, the outer portion of the rain bird may have been embellished by four red motifs that are a variant of the netsikâ lacow'iyulipa (a crook, or drumstick, with feathers joined together on 76), a design that symbolizes a prayer for beautiful music. However, the paint is now too worn to be certain.
DescriptorsBowl
Height12.1 cm
Diameter32.4 cm x 32.5 cm
Type.DigitalImage
RightsIllinois Wesleyan University retains the rights to this material. Permission to reproduce these images must be granted by IWU. Contact archives@titan.iwu.edu or 309-556-1535 for more information.
Collection NameJohn Wesley Powell Collection of Pueblo Pottery (Illinois Wesleyan University)
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