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Vessel

Arts of Africa

MEDIUM Terracotta
  • Place Made: Inland Delta, Mali
  • DATES 13th-15th century
    DIMENSIONS height: 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm) diam.: 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm) diam. of mouth: 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1996.117.4
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Bill and Gale Simmons
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Vessel, 13th-15th century. Terracotta, height: 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Bill and Gale Simmons, 1996.117.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.1996.117.4_overall.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.1996.117.4_overall.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Proportionately tall and narrow vessel with a small lip that becomes slightly bulbous towards the bottom that is flat. Portion of top section including lip is pale orange and unburnished; remaining surface is burnt sienna and burnished. Five concentric incised lines pass down pale orange area; one similar concentric line passes through and circumscribes upper part of burnished surface. Pot is in good condition. Some surface wear. Small section of lip repaired. Intentionally made dark area (2 x 2 1/2 in.) made from smoke on side--the effect of an oxygen reduced atmosphere that is proof of vessel's thermal strength. One small smoke-colored gauge (1/4 x 1/8 in.).
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     <em>Vessel</em>, 13th-15th century. Terracotta, height: 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Bill and Gale Simmons, 1996.117.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.1996.117.4_overall.jpg)