Round-bodied jar with small, short foot; opening for lid has 2 notches; lid has large knob; jar covered overall with rows of protruding nubs; nubs on lid and sides of knob

Jar with lid, mid 20th century

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Anonymous gift of fundsexpand_more  99.115.2a,b

The spikes on this jar’s surface line up in tight rows, looking like the helmets of a well-organized army. Indeed, the spikes symbolize defense against illness, misfortune, and duntundara (evil forces, which in English would translate as “witchcraft”). Vessels like this were placed on altars dedicated to a protective spirit, and they contained water or powerful medicines destined for that spirit. The lid, which is smoothly integrated into the pot’s pod-like form, protected its contents from natural and supernatural contamination.

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Jar with lid
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99.115.2a,b
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Round-bodied jar with small, short foot; opening for lid has 2 notches; lid has large knob; jar covered overall with rows of protruding nubs; nubs on lid and sides of knob