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Bowl
Date: Early to mid-20th century
Medium: Ceramic
Dimensions: H x W x D: 26.9 x 30.4 x 30.5 cm (10 9/16 x 11 15/16 x 12 in.)
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Geography: Cameroon
Object Number: 2000-12-3
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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 miniature pellets on the upper half of this vessel are reminiscent of certain style hats worn by the peoples of northern Cameroon. The function of this vessel is unknown.

Spherical vessel with a red colored body and unpolished surface. The top half is covered with numerous small clay pellets.

Eric Ghysels, Brussles, -- to 1990


Colette Ghysels, Brussels, 1990 to 2000


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