Pottery with incised and impressed decoration

Diameter: 35.7 cm (14 1/16 in.); Overall: 36.9 cm (14 1/2 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1995.210


The Nupe, an Islamic people of northern Nigeria, are known for both pottery and metalwork embellished with intricate, non-representational patterning. Coil-built by a female potter, this large, gracefully shaped pitcher was dried to a leather-hard stage, then decorated by scoring, incising and burnishing the exterior. Finally, the vessel was fired in the open air.

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African Art
African Art
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