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zir (water container)
  • unknown Hawazma maker
    Nuba peoples, maker
  • zir (water container), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Sudan
  • ceramic, incising
  • Object Height/Diameter: 37 x 39 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 14 9/16 x 15 3/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0772

The large globular pot has a rounded bottom and flaring rim. The rim and top 1/4 have a smooth surface and the remainder has a rough texture. There are incised lines at the change in texture and at the neck. It is orange with a few firing clouds.

The container was made by Nuba women and was used to store and cool water.