Illinois Wesleyan University John Wesley Powell Collection of Pueblo Pottery (Illinois Wesleyan University)
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CUP
CUP
TitleCUP
Case Location0113
Cultural AffiliationHopi
CA details1st Mesa
Date of Manufactureca. 1860-1870
Description
Like artifact numbers 109 and 111, the interior of this cup (or ladle, the differences aren't well defined in the literature) has red spatter (also called splatter) paint on the interior. This may imitate 19th century enamel ware that was common in the Southwest.

Hopi ceramics often show evidence of Zuni influence, and such is the case here. The exterior of this cup has what appears to be a spirit break and an adaptation of the Zuni motif, lotemla wohanapa (all different kinds of feathers hang down) that constitutes a prayer for rain. The handle is an effigy, or representational image, of a Koyemsi (Mudhead), a multi-faceted or multi-purpose sacred clown introduced from Zuni.
DescriptorsCUP
Length13.9 cm
Height8.8 cm
Width11.0 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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