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Bottle (Ensumbi)

A work made of terracotta.

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  • A work made of terracotta.

Date:

Mid–/late 20th century

Artist:

Nyoro or related peoples
Uganda
Eastern and Southern Africa

About this artwork

Delicate, gourd-shaped bottles like this one demonstrate a sensitive approach to form, proportion, and decoration. Writing in the 1950s, Margaret Trowell stated that such works were made in Uganda among several related cultures, but were the specialty of the Nyoro, Toro, and Ganda. Among these groups such finely crafted pottery has long been the province of men. This bottle is coil built with extremely thin walls, much like those of gourds, and is colored a dark brownish black either by smoking, as was likely here, or by rubbing with graphite. This bottle was embellished with precisely placed roulette patterns of small dots. In the past, such textured ornamentation might have been accentuated by rubbing it with white or red clay. [See also 2000.383 and 2003.384].

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Nyoro

Title

Bottle (Ensumbi)

Origin

Uganda

Date

Made 1950–1999

Medium

Terracotta

Dimensions

27.9 × 17.2 cm (11 × 6 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Keith Achepohl

Reference Number

2003.382

Extended information about this artwork

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