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Vessel

A work made of ceramic and pigment.

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  • A work made of ceramic and pigment.

Date:

Early 20th century

Artist:

Nupe
Nigeria
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

Among the Nupe of central Nigeria, female potters created a variety of vessels using a coiling technique. This handsome deep red example was embellished with incised and impressed designs before firing. It most likely functioned in a domestic setting as a cooking utensil or a water container. Darkened areas on its surface suggest that it was intensively used.

Status

On View, Gallery 137

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Nupe

Title

Vessel

Origin

Nigeria

Date

1900–1950

Medium

Ceramic and pigment

Dimensions

44.5 × 36.2 cm (17 1/2 × 14 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Laura T. Magnuson Endowment

Reference Number

1980.1087

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