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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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Senufo

Title

Water Container (Funjoho)

Place

Côte d'Ivoire (Object made in)

Date

Made 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

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