Collection Artwork
2000 1 14 pr w02
2000 1 14 pr w04
2000 1 14 pr w03
2000 1 14 pr w01
2000 1 14 pr w02
2000 1 14 pr w04
2000 1 14 pr w03
2000 1 14 pr w01
vessel, possibly for water or palm wine
20th century
17 x 13 3/4 x 13 3/4 in.
Gift of Bill and Gale Simmons
Nigeria, Africa

Object Label

The unique double-hulled structure of this type of pot helps prevent spillage, making it extremely desirable in trade. Gourds and other natural forms inspire Nupe potters to reproduce their shapes in their pottery through a combination of the convex-molding technique and the coil method. The potters later add intricate designs, using roulette shapes and, in some cases, brass castings to embellish the surface and enhance the pot’s value.

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

Ongoing Research

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African Pots and Gender
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