Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


Earthly Vessels: African Ceramics
  • Earthly Vessels: African Ceramics
  • 12-Sep-2009 - 07-Feb-2010
  • South Balcony, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

The development of African ceramic traditions in agricultural and pastoral societies has yielded a diversity of vessels with unique forms, functions, and symbolic meanings. Vessels are not just containers for food, water and other necessities of life; they also symbolize life itself from creation to culmination. Drawn from the Spencer’s collection by Nancy Mahaney, SMA Curator of Arts & Cultures of the Americas, Africa, and Oceania, this exhibition of African ceramics will explore the form, function, and meanings of ceramic vessels from across the continent.