NUPE TERRACOTTA POTS, Nigeria

NUPE, Terracotta Pots 10-13

NUPE, Terracotta Pots 14-17


  

NUPE
Pot 10
14" high
$400

 

NUPE
Pot 11
14" high
$500

 

NUPE
Pot 12
14.5" high
$500

 

NUPE
Pot 13
13" high
$500



  

NUPE
Pot 14
13.5" high
$600



 

NUPE
Pot 15
15" high
$600



 

NUPE
Pot 16
14.5" high
$600



 

NUPE
Pot 17
15" high
$600

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

NUPE, TERRACOTTA VESSELS, Nigeria

These Nupe pots have been vetted as authentic, with signs of age and use. 

These functional pots, always embellished with carefully executed surface patterns, were stacked on half-buried vessel supports when not in use. Whole walls of terracotta vessels often lined the inside of Nupe houses. Some of these of these show evidence of being repeatedly stacked, with subtle damage or wear around the inside of the lip or rim, or on the outside on the bottom. Several have encrusted surfaces and some are darkened with smoke from cooking and fires kept in the home.

The bases are all rounded so the raffia rings, similar to what would aid in carrying filled vessels on the head, are included.

Pots 14-17, in addition to bands of geometric designs, have nicely inlaid animal images, probably lizards or crocodiles (see details above).

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