NUPE TERRACOTTA POTS ARCHIVES, Nigeria


The Nupe pots below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes.

 

NUPE
Pot 3
14" high
SOLD
 

 

NUPE
Pot 8
15" high
SOLD

 

NUPE
Pot 7
12.5" high
SOLD

 

NUPE
Pot 2
17" high
SOLD

 

NUPE
Pot 5
16.5" high
SOLD

NUPE
Pot 1
SOLD

NUPE
Pot 4
SOLD

NUPE
Pot 6
SOLD

NUPE
Pot 9
SOLD

Photographs © Tim Hamill

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 ear 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.

Notable differences include the obvious variations in shape, the added metal in no. 5, the decorated flat top edge of no. 4 and the unusual lizard forms on nos. 7 and 9.

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

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