Couscous Platter

A work made of terracotta and pigment.

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  • A work made of terracotta and pigment.

Date:

Early/mid–20th century

Artist:

Aït bou Addou or Aït Mendes
Bezzit or Merkala, Great Kabylie region, Algeria
Northern Africa and the Sahel

About this artwork

Female potters of the mountainous Great Kabylie region of Algeria are known for the richness and variety of the painted decorations they use to embellish ceramics intended for storing, preparing, or serving food. This boldly ornamented platter, enlivened by large, briskly hatched areas of black, is a classic example of the continuous play on geometric pattern that characterizes such wares. The potter created a symmetrical composition that moves outward from a central point, drawing on a vocabulary of motifs widely used by the Imazighen (Berber), including checkerboards, crosses, circles, and triangles.

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Artist

Aït bou Addou

Title

Couscous Platter

Origin

Algeria

Date

1900–1975

Medium

Terracotta and pigment

Dimensions

7 × 43.2 cm (2 3/4 × 17 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Keith Achepohl

Reference Number

2005.282

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