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A work made of terracotta and slip.

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  • A work made of terracotta and slip.

Date:

Early/mid–20th century

Artist:

Nuna
Burkina Faso
Northern Africa and the Sahel

About this artwork

The complex form of this tall and narrow storage vessel was constructed in several phases, starting with the base, which was textured with a roulette (a toothed disk), and followed by the foot. The upper half, culminating in the ribbed neck, was then built using a coiling technique. The lid was likely formed separately. The imagery on its surface includes tall staffs that may represent old iron currency; a snake; and a bush-buffalo head signifying prosperity, protection, and fertility.

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Culture

Nuna

Title

Container

Origin

Burkina Faso

Date

Made 1900–1950

Medium

Terracotta and slip

Dimensions

87.6 × 35.6 cm (34 1/2 × 14 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Keith Achepohl

Reference Number

2005.228

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