Water Container (Funjoho)

A work made of terracotta and slip.

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  • A work made of terracotta and slip.

Date:

Early/mid–20th century

Artist:

Senufo
Côte d’Ivoire
Northern Africa and the Sahel

About this artwork

Large lipless water containers like this example with a delicate decorative pattern—which includes crescent motifs suggesting birds in flight—are made by female Senufo potters known as Kpeenbele: a hereditary artisan group whose members are wives of brass casters and weavers. This kind of pot was often given to a woman at her wedding and would be placed on an earthen platform in the main room of the traditional two-chambered home, next to a small personal shrine.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Culture

Senufo

Title

Water Container (Funjoho)

Origin

Côte d'Ivoire

Date

1900–1950

Medium

Terracotta and slip

Dimensions

61 × 61 cm (24 × 24 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Keith Achepohl

Reference Number

2005.230

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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