- Label Text
- Handbuilt by a male potter, this glossy blackware vessel was used to hold water. It has an ovoid body and a rounded base, a short neck and a relatively small mouth and everted rim. It was coil built, pebble polished and fired at a low temperature. After the firing, the potter covered the entire surface of the vessel with graphite and then rubbed it to produce the characteristic silvery black sheen of Nyoro pottery.
- Originally potters sold this blackware to the local elite and to European visitors. Later, middlemen carried these vessels to larger towns.
- Dark colored ovoid shaped vessel with a narrow neck, small mouth and graphite burnished surface.
- Michael Graham-Stewart, London
- Exhibition History
- Currents: Water in African Art, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., June 2016-ongoing
- Art of the Personal Object, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., September 24, 1991-April 9, 2007
- Published References
- Kreamer, Christine Mullen. 2003. " A Tribute to Roy Sieber: Part 2." African Arts 36 (2), p. 27, no. 33.
- National Museum of African Art. 1999. Selected Works from the Collection of the National Museum of African Art. Washington, D.C.: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, p. 163.
- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Nyoro artist
- Mid-20th century
- Credit Line
- Museum purchase
- Ceramic, graphite
- H x W x D: 41 x 36 x 36 cm (16 1/8 x 14 3/16 x 14 3/16 in.)