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Storage Container

A work made of terracotta.

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  • A work made of terracotta.

Date:

19th/mid–20th century

Artist:

Kurumba
Burkina Faso
Northern Africa and the Sahel

About this artwork

These tall cylindrical storage containers are like miniature granaries in both form and function, and may be found lined up in rows in the kitchens of homes. They hold the life-sustaining grains—primarily millet, sorghum, and corn—that are grown in the short rainy season of the arid western Sahel region from June until September. Such vessels also safeguard personal valuables. This three-legged example is embellished with patterns that mimic traditional scarifications upon the belly of a Kurumba mother.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Culture

Kurumba

Title

Storage Container

Origin

Burkina Faso

Date

1800–1950

Medium

Terracotta

Dimensions

68 × 51.4 cm (26 3/4 × 20 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Keith Achepohl

Reference Number

2006.746

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