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Object description

  • Tohono O'odham (Papago) artist; Laurette Lovell Francis (American)
  • Platter, mid-19th century
  • Clay, pigment
  • Arizona, United States
  • H: 2 1/2 in, dia.: 14 1/2 in (H: 6.3 cm, dia.: 36.8 cm)
  • Gift of Maria Frye, 1887
  • E1896


This is a round, brown ceramic platter with a convex rounded bottom. There is a landscape scene painted in the center of the platter depicting saguaro cacti in the background, a red skirted Tohono O'odham woman carrying a traditional form of "kiaha" burden basket with a load of hay in the basket, along with a burro belonging to a man in blue trousers, a white shirt and a straw hat. The rim is painted black and a black design borders the interior. There are dark fire clouds across the surface of the platter's under side. The platter has been broken and mended. Laurette Lovell (Francis), non-Native frontier artist living in Tucson, Arizona, painted scenes on local indigenous ceramics.