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Jar

A work made of terracotta.

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  • A work made of terracotta.

Date:

Early/mid–20th century

Artist:

Yoruba
Osogbo or vicinity, Nigeria
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

The potters in and around the town of Osogbo are known for their tall, cylindrical jars. This elaborately decorated vessel features a human face at the midpoint of its long neck, which suggests that it was made for a shrine dedicated to the goddess Osun (Mother of Life-Giving Waters), the namesake of the river near Osogbo. It likely held river stones and water.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Culture

Yoruba

Title

Jar

Origin

Nigeria

Date

Made 1900–1975

Medium

Terracotta

Dimensions

59.7 × 31.1 cm (23 1/2 × 12 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Keith Achepohl

Reference Number

2005.277

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