Vessel

A work made of terracotta and pigment.

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  • A work made of terracotta and pigment.

Date:

Late 20th century

Artist:

Frarasia Bukusi
Nyakyusa
Tanzania
Eastern and Southern Africa

About this artwork

This vessel was used to ferment and store beer made from cassava root. The sharp transition at the wide midpoint and the repeating arched motifs (mahena) identify it as the work of a Nyakyusa potter, most of whom are women. Few Nyakyusa potters are known to outsiders, but the work shown here can be attributed to a woman named Frarasia Bukusi who was active in the late 20th century.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Frarasia Bukusi

Culture

Nyakyusa

Title

Vessel

Places

Tanzania (Object made in), Africa (Object made in)

Date

1975-2000

Medium

Terracotta and pigment

Dimensions

45.7 x 66 cm (18 x 26 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Roberta and George Mann in honor of Richard F. Townsend

Reference Number

2016.4

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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