H x W x D: 58 x 59.5 x 56 cm (22 13/16 x 23 7/16 x 22 1/16 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.
This vessel held beer made of fermented sorghum or millet and hot water. People drank the beer with reed or bamboo straws that they inserted into the various openings.
Ceramic vessel with large dark colored, ovoid shaped body with three open spouts and one closed projection placed on the shoulder. Two rows of small incisions go around the middle of the body.
William Wright, New York, -- to 1982
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. 12, no. 8.
Acquisition funds donated by the Friends of the National Museum of African Art in memory of George and Stellita Renchard