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cooking container with lid
  • unknown Mande maker
  • cooking container with lid, mid 1800s–1891
  • Where object was made: Liberia
  • ceramic
  • Object Height/Diameter: 21 x 20 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 8 1/4 x 7 7/8 in
  • Gift of Bruce Merwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0778.a,b

This is a ceramic cooking pot (2007.0778.a) and lid (2007.0778.b). The pot is bowl-like with a rounded bottom and flared lip. The top 1/4 is smooth and undecorated. Two incised lines separate this from the remainder which has a rough surface texture, achieved by impressing the wet clay with coarsely woven cloth. This was broken into several pieces at one time and was repaired.

The domed lid has a flat round knob at the top center. The rim is small. The lid and bowl do not fit together well.