Jar

A work made of terracotta.

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  • A work made of terracotta.

Date:

Early/mid–20th century

Artist:

Yoruba
Ekiti region, Nigeria
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

Yoruba potters in the Ekiti region typically build a jar’s walls and rims from a hollowed-out lump of clay. After the completed jar has hardened, the potter inverts it and scrapes the outside of the base until it is evenly thin and smooth. The form of this elaborately decorated vessel echoes a type of domestic storage container with knobs on opposing sides that serve as handles.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Culture

Yoruba

Title

Jar

Origin

Nigeria

Date

Made 1900–1975

Medium

Terracotta

Dimensions

49.5 x 41.3 cm (19 1/2 x 16 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Keith Achepohl

Reference Number

2005.270

Extended information about this artwork

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