Vessel for Kwandalha Divination
This vessel was created for use in Longuda kwandalha healing divinations. After a ritual specialist determined the cause of a disease, the patient was given a newly modeled vessel, into which the disease was transferred. Such pots, which tend to embody the symptoms described, are remarkable for their highly expressive and imaginative forms.
- Culture: Longuda
- Medium: Terracotta
- Geographical Locations:
- Dates: 20th century
- Dimensions: 18 7/8 x 8 11/16 x 7 1/2 in. (48 x 22 x 19 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of Africa
- Museum Location: This item is on view in African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
- Accession Number: 2011.2
- Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ernst Anspach, by exchange
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Longuda. Vessel for Kwandalha Divination, 20th century. Terracotta , 18 7/8 x 8 11/16 x 7 1/2 in. (48 x 22 x 19 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ernst Anspach, by exchange, 2011.2. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Hollow, egg-shaped terracotta vessel with a figurative head at the top of an elongated mouth. The body contains molded arms, a flute (?), belt, necklace, bumps (possibly indicative of an unattributed disease), navel and vulva added to the surface. The figure's arms rest on the belly of the vessel. The face has a large, ovoid mouth, two projecting half-circular ears, with round, flat ear plugs in each. A further ear plug is inserted above the mouth; another plug is missing from the lower lip. Eyes are formed in a molded, bisected coffee-bean shape. Two projecting nostrils sit above the eyes. The coiffure is composed of projecting tufts; several have been broken off. The surface has black firing marks, and is covered throughout by soil accretions. Condition: fair.
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)