Water Container (Jidaga)

A work made of blackened terracotta.

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  • A work made of blackened terracotta.

Date:

Early/mid–20th century

Artist:

Bamana
Mali
Northern Africa and the Sahel

About this artwork

Bamana tradition dictates that only the wives and daughters of blacksmiths have the right to make pots. Water containers, which are prominently displayed in a family compound, are among the most decorative and individualized of their wares. The potter begins by forming the vessel’s base over a convex mold. Coils are then added to complete the walls and lip. Raised embellishment, like that seen on this water container, is no longer common. Here a series of abstract lizards stretches across the vessel’s entire expanse.

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Artist

Bamana

Title

Water Container (Jidaga)

Origin

Mali

Date

1900–1950

Medium

Blackened terracotta

Dimensions

48.9 x 42.6 cm (19 1/4 x 16 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Keith Achepohl

Reference Number

2005.225

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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