Skip to Content

To best protect the health and safety of our community, the museum is temporarily closed. Learn more.

Ritual Vessel

A work made of terracotta.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

Image actions

  • A work made of terracotta.

Date:

12th /17th century

Artist:

Inland Niger Delta region, Mali
Northern Africa and the Sahel

About this artwork

Research suggests that the ancient potters of Mali’s Inland Niger Delta region were at least part-time specialists and were women, as are the potters in the region today. It is likely that they created wares for domestic and ritual use, including figural sculptures in clay. This cylindrical vessel was likely made for ritual use considering the close attention to decorative detail that it displays and the relative rarity of flat-bottomed containers from the region. Delicately incised lines complement the raised and inset rings at the vessel’s neck and waist.

Currently Off View

Arts of Africa

Culture

Inland Niger Delta

Title

Ritual Vessel

Origin

Mali

Date

1101–1700

Medium

Terracotta

Dimensions

H. 29.9 cm (11 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Claire B. Zeisler

Reference Number

1980.187

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 . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share