The potters of the American Southwest continue a tradition today that reaches back nearly two thousand years. Each village, or pueblo, has its own particular style. This vessel depicts two animals; a badger with a lizard on its back.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Common Name
Simple Name
Full Name
effigy vessel
whole diameter 170 mm; whole height 210 mm
Cultural Group
Period Classification
Modern (1900-)
Production Year High
Production Town
Zuni pueblo
Production County
Production Country
United States of America
Production Area Region
North America
Production Continent
North America
Family Group

pottery; pigment
Function Name
Function Detail
decorated clay globular vessel
Collection Area Region
Collection Continent

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    • Ellie Coleman
      29 August 2021 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      This object features in RAMM’s Rainbow Trail; which explores gender and sexual diversity across time, place and culture.

      A Zuni artist made this vessel. The Zuni people have lived in the American Southwest for thousands of years.

      We’wha (1849-1896) was a famous Zuni artist whose pottery was celebrated across America. We’wha was Lhamana, the Zuni term for individuals who are assigned male at birth and identify (at least partly) as female. Lhamana individuals are respected in Zuni society.

      Nowadays, the term Two-Spirit is used to describe gender diverse identities specific to some Native American communities.

      Can you find other objects by Zuni artists nearby?

      The Rainbow Trail is available to pick up from RAMM’s reception desk or shop. Or you can view it online.

      To find out more about the Out and About: Queering the Museum project please visit the project website.

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