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Creator Nationality: African
Creator Name-CRT: Nupe, Nigeria
Title: Pot
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1900
Creation End Date: 2000
Creation Date: 20th century
Creation Place: Nigeria, Africa
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Container
Materials and Techniques: clay
Dimensions: Height: 10"; width: 10"
Description: Coarse gray clay pot with mottled brown fired surface; rounded base and high inward sloping walls; wide, round mouth with everted lip and plain rim; deep, incised decoration on entire wall surface of horizontal concentric lines overlaid with bands of cross-hatching, triangles and scallops.
AMICA Contributor: Brooklyn Children's Museum
Owner Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA
ID Number: 2001.1.78
Credit Line: Gift of an anonymous donor, 2001
Context: This pot is probably for storing water or palm oil wine. The Nupe were conquered by the Muslim Fulani in the 19th century and their various crafts reflect both Fulani and Yoruba influences. Female potters use the inverted mold technique (a flat clay disk shaped over the base of an old inverted pot to form the base of the new pot). Wall grooves are both decorative and provide texture for safe handling. The domed base allows for stacking. A variety of cooking and storage pots are still made, although commercial wares are also available.
AMICA ID: BCM_.2001.1.78
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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