NUPE VESSELS, Nigeria

Nupe
Gourd
Catalog

Nupe
Gourd
Catalog

 Nupe
Pot
Catalog

 Nupe
Pot
Catalog

 Nupe
Pot Support
Catalog

 Nupe
Pot Support
Catalog

 Nupe
Pot Support
Catalog

 Nupe
Pot Support
Catalog

Photographs © Tim Hamill

NUPE, VESSELS, Nigeria

Most Nupe are Muslim and their art is therefore abstract.

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.

The gourds are old and well aged; some are painted, some have incised designs. The reverse sides are all comparable to the view seen.

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