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water pot
  • unknown Makonde maker
  • water pot, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Mozambique
  • ceramic, kaolin, incising
  • Object Height/Diameter: 36.5 x 47 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 14 3/8 x 18 1/2 in
  • Anonymous gift
  • Not on display
  • PG2008.014
Label Text

Dark gray ceramic pot with a rounded bottom, curving up to a very wide body and shoulder, then tapering to a narrow, short neck, flared out again at the top. Most of the surface is covered in bands of incised designs rubbed with light colored kaolin. Around the opening of the mouth there is a band of small triangular impressions, below that are several thin bands of very fine diagonal lines. Around the shoulder of the pot is a wide band of incised half circles alternating with pairs of zigzag lines. Below the widest part of the pot there are more bands of triangular impressions and thin diagonal lines, as well as a band of large triangles filled with thin lines. The clay on the bottom of the pot is rougher and undecorated.