A bulbous vessel with a narrow base and wide mouth that is flanged. The vessel is made up of small, glued pieces of wood that are then turned, creating an intricate pattern in the wood's fine, finished surface. The predominate decorations are bands of diamonds and triangles that run around the widest point of the vessel and beneath the flanged mouth.
Large wood vessel with rings of Native American-inspired design patterns
This vessel was made first by gluing together small pieces of different woods and then turning the entire piece, leaving the pattern created by the pieces of wood in the finished surface. Allen was influenced by the Native American pottery of the Southwest and tried to reproduce its forms and decorative motifs in wood.
The figure is kneeling musician on lotus seat, made of separately carved petals. Below the seat, there is a base, which consists of two lotus-shaped half-sphere, connected up-side-down. The head has two buns, elongated ears, simplified facial parts; the figure wears a pink robe with wide sleeves, holding a sort of instrument with hands.
This musician statue was once part of a set that adorned the interior of the Golden Hall (Kondô) of Hôryûji Temple. It holds a cymbal-like instrument. The lotus flowers indicate that the figure is a Buddhist diety.