Bottle

A work made of terracotta.

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  • A work made of terracotta.

Date:

Late 19th/early 20th century

Artist:

Ambundu or Chokwe
Democratic Republic of the Congo or Angola
Central Africa

About this artwork

Often highly inventive in their forms, small bottles are made by potters throughout Central Africa for holding liquids such as beer, oil, water, or palm wine. Such pieces are often treasured personal possessions and are therefore appropriate for use in honoring ancestors, whether through the pouring of libations on special occasions or by placing them on shrines or graves. With its organic, gourdlike shape, this vessel may have been fashioned by a Chokwe potter in Angola or may be Ambundu, from the Kongo-speaking region further north. The maker’s steady and confident hand rendered tightly etched bands of pattern around the bottle’s neck and charming depictions of animals, including an antelope and a bird, around the shoulder.

—Revised from Kathleen Bickford Berzock, For Hearth and Altar, African Ceramics from the Keith Achepohl Collection (2005), pp. 159-160.

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Artist

Ambundu

Title

Bottle

Origin

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Date

1875–1925

Medium

Terracotta

Dimensions

21 × 17.8 cm (8 1/4 × 7 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Keith Achepohl

Reference Number

2005.255

Extended information about this artwork

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