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.
- Storage Container
- Burkina Faso
- 68 × 51.4 cm (26 3/4 × 20 1/4 in.)
- Gift of Keith Achepohl