Collection Artwork
2000 1 12 pr w02
2000 1 12 pr w04
2000 1 12 pr w03
2000 1 12 pr w01
2000 1 12 pr w02
2000 1 12 pr w04
2000 1 12 pr w03
2000 1 12 pr w01
storage vessel
n.d.
ceramic
Gift of Bill and Gale Simmons
Nigeria, Africa
2000.1.12

Object Label

The fascinating shape of this vessel alludes to the curvaceous form of the female body. The protruding cone-like shapes serve no functional purpose; rather they are mere decorative representations of breasts. The breast-like shapes and the patterned scarification-like marks imply a frontal viewing of a female figure. However, the discoloration of the bottom section of this piece has little if anything to do with female anatomy but suggests that a good portion of the pot was placed in the ground, perhaps to keep its contents cool and fresh.

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

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African Pots and Gender
Exhibition
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Containing Culture:
West African Pottery and Tradition
Exhibition
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