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Maker:
Mo Abbara, 1935-2016, born Sudan  Search this
Medium:
Porcelainous stoneware
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 47.7 x 39.2 x 37.9 cm (18 3/4 x 15 7/16 x 14 15/16 in.)
Type:
Container
Geography:
Sudan
Date:
ca. 1990s
Label Text:
Early in his career Abdalla drew from his knowledge of ancient Sudanese practices as well as his training in England to design utilitarian pots with delicate glazes. His later forms, with which this example belongs, are the result of bold experiments with new slips and surface treatments.
This porcelainous stoneware form was coiled, smoothed and coated with a series of glazes when it was leather hard. After the glazes dried, the pot was fired in an electric kiln. To produce the reptilian surface it was then dipped in a magnesium slip and fired again.
Description:
Large-bellied pot with flared mouth and cream colored "reptilian" glaze.
Exhibition History:
Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 4, 2017-ongoing
Encounters with the Contemporary, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., January 7, 2001-January 6, 2002
Credit Line:
Purchased with funds provided by the Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program
Object number:
96-15-1
Restrictions & Rights:
© Mohammed Ahmed Abdalla
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Exhibition:
Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts
On View:
NMAfA, Second Level Gallery (2193)
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_96-15-1