2005-06 Small Bowl with Animal Face – Arrow Tongue

This bowl, carefully but casually constructed in the folk art tradition, has a Sikyatki revival design and an animal face with a long, arrow-shaped tongue. Fewkes interprets the arrow tongue as representing lightning, but the meaning, though compelling, seems ambiguous. The animal face with the long tongue is reminiscent of the much older Jeddito pot in this collection, (1997-05). Somewhat similar zoomorphic designs are seen in the MNA collection, (Allen,1984:42 and 68, # #E853 and #E5404).