Magdalene Odundo intentionally fabricates her pots, built from a coiling technique, in the same manner used in ancient pottery such as the Nok terracotta head at the beginning of this installation. With an understated anthropomorphic vocabulary, many of her vessels evoke the female form.
Odundo was born in Kenya, raised in India, and educated in Kenya and England. She has studied the arts of the Nupe and Ganda of eastern Africa, in addition to the pottery of the Native American Pueblos and peoples of the ancient Mediterranean. Like many African artists today, she is influenced by both African and non-African arts.
- Artist: Magdalene Anyango N. Odundo, British, born Kenya 1950
- Medium: Ceramic, slip
- Place Made: Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom
- Dates: 1990
- Dimensions: 16 x 10 x 10 in. (40.6 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed and dated on base
- Collections:Arts of Africa
- Museum Location: This item is on view in South Gallery, 1st Floor
- Accession Number: 1991.26
- Credit Line: Purchased with funds given by Dr. and Mrs. Sidney Clyman and the Frank L. Babbott Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Magdalene Anyango N. Odundo (British, born Kenya 1950). Vessel, 1990. Ceramic, slip, 16 x 10 x 10 in. (40.6 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Dr. and Mrs. Sidney Clyman and the Frank L. Babbott Fund, 1991.26. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Black narrow-necked, symmentrical vessel made in 1990 by Magdalene Anyango N. Odundo who was born in Nairobi, Kenya (Luo, b.1950). Hand built vessel finished with a burnished slip and reduction-fired in a saggar to give a variegated black and orange-red surface. Condition: Excellent.
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)