H x W x D: 22.4 x 33 x 33 cm (8 13/16 x 13 x 13 in.)
Early to mid-20th century
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 shape, color and designs on this bowl indicate that it probably originated in northern Cameroon. Its function is unknown.
Hemispherical vessel with a red colored, burnished body. It is decorated at the top with a series of horizontal and diagonal incisions all colored white. The inside is a burnished black color.