About this artwork
Pottery holds an important place in life across Cameroon. Throughout the mountains and grasslands of the country, large storage containers and smaller serving vessels are employed in the ritualized tradition of making and pouring beer and palm wine. This vessel has generous proportions, with a wide, flared lip and delicate incised details on its bottom sections. The vessel was most likely used to hold liquids in order to keep them cool before serving. The bottom portion of the vessel has an even, roulette-impressed pattern, and the middle section is defined by a subtle design of angled lines separated into three rows, over which additive elements are arranged. The angularity and tack-like additions on this middle section add an element of dynamism to the vessel’s relative simplicity.
–Permanent Collection Object Description
Currently Off View
- Arts of Africa
- H. 35.5 cm (14 in.)
- Restricted gift of Mrs. Joanne Nagel Shaw