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Djenne Terracotta Vessel - PF.5463
Origin: Central Mali
Circa: 14 th Century AD to 16 th Century AD
Dimensions: 12" (30.5cm) high x 6.5" (16.5cm) wide
Collection: African
Medium: Terracotta

$1,800.00
Location: United States
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Description
Of unusual and appealing shape, this vessel is composed of flowing curves and complex incising on the surface. The disc-shaped upper section, like a lid, is in perfect alignment with the lower portion of the body. This effect is created by the curving of the central area, which has three bands of fine incising at the top. It is possible, therefore, to carry the vessel with one hand in the body’s middle. The neck is ridged at the base and curved at the center before reaching the opening. A beautiful red coloration adds warmth and richness to this vessel, which was perhaps made as a burial offering for a nobleman or high priest. Though little is known about the people of ancient Djenne, their skills in terracotta are abundantly evident. - (PF.5463)

 

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