Water Container

A work made of blackened terracotta, wash, and kaolin.

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  • A work made of blackened terracotta, wash, and kaolin.

Date:

Early/mid–20th century

Artist:

Baule
Tanoh Sakassou, Côte d'Ivoire
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

Well-made pots like this thin-walled water container are appreciated for the beauty they bring to a living space. Baule potters learn to produce such dark-colored, wide-bodied pots for a variety of household uses by proceeding from observation and imitation to formal education. To embellish the vessel displayed here, a potter etched lines into its body and highlighted them with kaolin (a clay mineral).

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Baule

Title

Water Container

Origin

Côte d'Ivoire

Date

1900–1950

Medium

Blackened terracotta, wash, and kaolin

Dimensions

33.7 × 39.4 cm (13 1/4 × 15 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Keith Achepohl

Reference Number

2004.741

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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