Jan 29, 2020

Pot

Pot

1900s

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Terracotta

Diameter: 45.7 cm (18 in.); Overall: 33 cm (13 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1999.13.a

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Description

This large, beautifully shaped vessel was used for the serving of beer, an essential component of Zulu hospitality. Undecorated vessels were for private household use, and ornamented examples were reserved for guests. Zulu pottery is produced by women, and is typically thin-walled, with a burnished black surface. Decoration may be incised around the shoulder, as in this example, or may consist of raised bumps that resemble body scarification. The basketry lid protects the vessel's contents from flies or debris; contemporary pot lids are often woven of telephone wire with a colorful plastic coating

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Vessels
Medium: 
Terracotta

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