- Label Text
- 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 National Museum of African Art’s first director, Warren M. Robbins, worked for the U.S. Foreign Service and maintained strong ties to the government, as demonstrated by the gift of this pot from the Agency for International Development (USAID). It was collected in Liberia by USAID personnel for display in their offices before it was donated to the newly formed museum and became the foundation of an important collection of African ceramics. This particular vessel most likely once held oil and was used in healing, rather than everyday household, contexts.
- Dark colored vessel with long wide neck and squat body. The neck is encircled with parallel incised lines near the shoulder, in the middle and at the top. The body is covered with zigzag patterns enclosed in three separate cartouches. A perforation appears at the top near the rim.
- US Agency for International Development, collected Liberia, before 1966 to 1969
- Exhibition History
- African Mosaic: Selections from the Permanent Collection, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 19, 2013–August 12, 2019 (installed July 16, 2014 to August 12, 2019)
- From the Earth: African Ceramic Art, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., May 17-October 9, 1983
- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Dan artist
- Mid 20th century
- Credit Line
- Gift of The Agency for International Development
- H x W x D: 11.6 x 9.5 x 9.1 cm (4 9/16 x 3 3/4 x 3 9/16 in.)