Illinois Wesleyan University John Wesley Powell Collection of Pueblo Pottery (Illinois Wesleyan University)
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PITCHER
PITCHER
TitlePITCHER
Case Location0041
Cultural AffiliationZuni
Date of Manufactureca. 1880
DescriptionAlthough the crenellated [i.e., the step-type of formation commonly seen at the tops of castles] rim on this pitcher is typical of Zuni prayer meal bowls, it is an unusual element on a pitcher. So is the raised meander the multi-curved protrusion that begins and ends at the top of the handle. The painted motifs seem more decorative than symbolic, though the black-and-white horizontal band might represent the Milky Way, a prominent feature in Zuni astronomy. If so, the four diamonds with center dot motifs might well be stars.
DescriptorsPitcher
Height14.5 cm
Diameter14.6 cm x 12.2 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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