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Bottle
Date: ca. 1920
Medium: Ceramic, resin
Dimensions: H x W x D: 21.5 x 13.2 x 13.0 cm (8 7/16 x 5 3/16 x 5 1/8 in.)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds provided by the Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program
Geography: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Geography: Angola
Object Number: 89-13-79
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African potters--primarily women--handbuild a variety of vessels that they embellish with beautiful colors, designs and motifs before firing them at low temperatures. Containers made for daily use hold water or serve as cooking utensils. They also make vessels to be used in special ceremonies or that become part of an assemblage of objects placed in a shrine. The impressed designs on the bottle probably conceal the joins where the segments are connected.

Dark colored bottle shaped vessel. The upper half is burnished. The body is covered with crisscross lines at the bottom and deeply grooved parallel incisions above, coupled with a row of impressed patterns at the bottom of the neck and between the rows of grooved incisions.

Walshaert collection, Antwerp, before 1930


Polfliet, Leo. 1987. Traditional Zaiirian Pottery. Munich: Fred Jahn Gallery, p. 40, no. 24.


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