This vessel derives from the abusuwa kuruwa or proverb pot, a ceramic container linked to funerary practices. Considered family or clan pots, they were traditionally associated with funerary rites, such as holding hair shaved from mourners or offerings to accompany the deceased to the afterlife. Vessels could also be used in shrines to hold medicines or water.
This vessel does not have the complex death iconography of the traditional proverb pots (ladders, snakes, frogs, human heads) and is generally simpler in design. This, along with the lack of wear, suggests that it may have been made relatively late, possibly in one of the modern ceramics centers such as the University of Education in Winneba, Ghana.
Ceramic pot with lid with intersecting arch superstructure knob. The body of the vessel has a flaring mouth, low shoulder with incised lines and raised ovals and an overall black color.
Ambassador Fred Latimer Hadsel and Winifred Nelson Hadsel, 1971-1974 to 2010