Bowl with Deer Design

Adam Speckled Rock, Santa Clara Pueblo / American, born 1972
Santa Clara Pueblo (Kha P'o)



Incised terracotta

Overall: 2 15/16 × 4 9/16 × 4 5/8 in. (7.5 × 11.6 × 11.8 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Mary C. Rohr, in memory of Robert J. Rohr, III



Place Made: Santa Clara Pueblo, United States, North America


21st century

Object Name


Research Area

Native American

Native American: Southwest

On view


Looking just beneath the larger jar’s widest point, do you see the black stripes painted in a shell-shaped pattern? As if falling from the sky above, these abstracted rain clouds represent the importance of water in the Acoma Pueblo community, located in the colonized state of New Mexico. Water’s significance, preservation, and storage remain important today for the Acoma Pueblo and their neighbors, as suggested by the clouds adorning the smaller and more contemporary Santa Clara Pueblo bowl by Adam Speckled Rock.

How does water’s portrayal on these jars reflect communal relationships to water? How do these relationships relate to or differ from those portrayed in the paintings hanging nearby?

From the 2023 exhibition Liquidity: Art, Commodities, and Water, curated by Michael Hartman, Jonathan Little Cohen Associate Curator of American Art

Course History

First Year Student Enrichment Program - Cultures, Identities and Belongings, Francine A'Ness, Summer 2023

Anthropology 55.01, Anthropology of Global Health, Anne Sosin, Fall 2023

Anthropology 55.01, Anthropology of Global Health, Anne Sosin, Fall 2023

Art History 40.01, American Art and Identity, Mary Coffey, Fall 2023

Creative Writing 10.02, Writing and Reading Fiction, Katherine Crouch, Fall 2023

Geography 11.01, Qualitative Methods, Emma Colven, Fall 2023

Geography 2.01, Introduction to Human Geography, Coleen Fox, Fall 2023

Geography 31.01, Postcolonial Geographies, Erin Collins, Fall 2023

Exhibition History

Liquidity: Art, Commodities, and Water, Israel Sack Gallery and the Rush Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 29, 2023-June 16, 2024.


Mary C. Rohr, Stowe, Vermont; given to present collection, 2017.

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