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Couscous Platter

A work made of terracotta and pigment.

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  • A work made of terracotta and pigment.


Early/mid–20th century


Aït Bouaddou or Aït Mendes
Bezzit or Merkala, Kabylie region, Algeria
Northern Africa and the Sahel

About this artwork

Female potters of the Aït Bouaddou and other Imazighen groups of Algeria’s mountainous Kabylie region embellish their ceramics for storing, preparing, and serving food with a variety of painted decorations. Drawing on a rich vocabulary of checkerboards, crosses, circles, and triangles, this boldly ornamented platter is enlivened with a symmetrical composition that develops outward from a central point.


On View, Gallery 137


Arts of Africa


Aït bou Addou


Couscous Platter


Algeria (Object made in)

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Made 1900–1975


Terracotta and pigment


7 × 43.2 cm (2 3/4 × 17 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Keith Achepohl

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