African potters--primarily women--handbuild a variety of vessels that they embellish with a variety of designs before firing them at low temperatures. The rows of conical projections attached to the surface of this container give it the appearance of a fruit or seed pod. While small containers are made for daily use to hold everything from cosmetics to cooking spices, others are used in special ceremonies or become part of an assemblage of objects placed in a shrine. This vessel probably contained medicinal substances.
Ceramic medicinal jar with three rows of knob-like projections around the body and a round disc stopper cut from gourd.
Philip Ravenhill and Judith Timyan, Washington, D.C., collected in Côte d'Ivoire, -- to 1987 to 1991
Healing Arts, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., September 2016 - ongoing
Art of the Personal Object, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., September 24, 1991-April 9, 2007