H x W x D: 27.5 x 20.4 x 20.4cm (10 13/16 x 8 1/16 x 8 1/16in.)
Lagoons region, Côte d'Ivoire
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.
Terracotta sculptures also function as focal points for communicating with the spirit world. This memorial pot was made by an Attie woman before 1960. It is of a type used before the local switch to cement tombs.
Dark colored ceramic vessel with human face, ringed neck and handles projecting from the sides of the body.
Harry and Freda Schaeffer, Larchmont, New York, -- to 1974
From the Earth: African Ceramic Art, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., May 17-October 9, 1983
Freyer, Bryna and Edward Lifschitz. 1983. From the Earth: African Ceramic Art. Exhibition brochure. Washington, D.C.: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, p. 8, no. 6.