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Maker: Ladi Kwali
1925-1984, Nigeria
Bowl
Date: Mid-late 20th century
Medium: Glazed ceramic
Dimensions: H x W x D: 8.4 x 33.8 x 33.8cm (3 5/16 x 13 5/16 x 13 5/16in.)
Credit Line: Gift of The Wil and Irene Petty Collection
Geography: Abuja, Nigeria
Object Number: 2008-5-21
Search Terms:
geometric motif
Exhibited: I am: Contemporary African Women Artists

In 1954 Ladi Kwali became the first woman member of a pottery training center established in Abuja, Nigeria, and she remains its best-known artist. Already skilled in traditional methods of hand-built pottery, Kwali mastered the use of a throwing wheel, incised decoration and glazes. This shallow bowl came to the museum as a bequest from an American couple who spent many years living in Africa and collecting prints, textiles, woodcarvings and ceramics.

Red clay with greenish-grey glaze ceramic bowl with a 5 part rosette design.

I Am: Contemporary African Women Artists, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., June 20, 2019 - July 31, 2020



African Mosaic: Selections from the Permanent Collection, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 19, 2013–August 12, 2019 (deinstalled June 3, 2019)



African Mosaic: Celebrating a Decade of Collecting, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 19, 2010-November 13, 2013


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