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Water or Palm Wine Container

A work made of terracotta.

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  • A work made of terracotta.

Date:

Early/mid–20th century

Artist:

Nupe or related tradition
Nigeria
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

The Nupe make pottery in a region that is rich in interrelated ceramic traditions. This may in part explain the great diversity of forms, but it also makes it difficult at times to distinguish the origins of a piece based solely on its style. This bottle may have come from north of the Nupe region. Its body has a distinctive shape, like two bowls set together and joined at midpoint. From this base rises a narrow, columnar neck with a flared mouth. Deep channels of linear incising are drawn over the surface in alternating directions, giving it a dynamic texture.

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Arts of Africa

Culture

Nupe

Title

Water or Palm Wine Container

Origin

Nigeria

Date

Made 1900–1950

Medium

Terracotta

Dimensions

43.2 x 31.8 cm (17 x 12 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Keith Achepohl

Reference Number

2005.244

Extended information about this artwork

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