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Vessel

A work made of terracotta.

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  • A work made of terracotta.

Date:

Mid–20th century

Artist:

Igbo
Nigeria
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

This type of spherical pot with a short neck and linear ornamentation functioned as a symbol of rank for titled men in the hierarchical Igbo society. During ceremonies where titles were conferred, it would be used to serve palm wine to titleholders and other honored guests. This vessel’s surface decoration is unusually dynamic due to the textural contrasts between vertical and horizontal lines, and between smoothly burnished and bumpy incised areas.

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Arts of Africa

Culture

Igbo

Title

Vessel

Origin

Nigeria

Date

Made 1925–1975

Medium

Terracotta

Dimensions

39.4 × 40.6 cm (15 1/2 × 16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Keith Achepohl

Reference Number

2005.267

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