Collection Artwork
20th century
overall size: 12 3/8 x 9 x 9 in.
Gift of Bill and Gale Simmons
Nigeria, Africa

Object Label

Igbo pottery is famous for unique forms and embellishments. The relatively symmetrical patterns on this particular vessel suggest an interest in artistic design for design’s sake, and its long neck reflects its function as a palm wine vessel. The firing of these pots, like of those in this section, takes place in a quick and efficient open bonfire tended by several members of the community who divide among themselves such tasks as stacking the pots, lighting the fire, and finishing or sealing the ceramic pieces.

From the exhibition: African Pots and Gender (November 14, 2009 – January 3, 2010)

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African Pots and Gender
Containing Culture:
West African Pottery and Tradition
Pattern by Jonnea Herman ’18
Inspired by the annual February Tang <3 Students Event
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.