VesselArtist(s)Object Creation Dateearly 20th centuryMedium & SupportterracottaDimensions
12 5/8 in x 9 1/16 in (32 cm x 23 cm)Credit LineGift of Dr. James and Vivian CurtisSubject matter
This vessel may have been created by the Mambila peoples of Nigeria and Cameroon and used for storing and pouring palm wine. The three-branched spout suggests that it may be Mambila, rather than from the Cameroon Grassfields region which also produces pottery, including palm wine vessels.
Forni, Silvia. 2007. "Containers of Life: Pottery and Social Relations in the Grassfields (Cameroon)."African Arts
Gebauer, Paul. 1979. Art of Cameroon.
Portland, Or.: Portland Art Association.
Homberger, L. 2008. Cameroon: Art and Kings.
Zürich: Museum Rietberg.
Northern, Tamara. 1984. The Art of Cameroon.
Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution.
Page, Donna. 2007. A Cameroon World: Art and Artifacts from the Caroline and Marshall Mount Collection.
New York: QCC Art Gallery Press.Physical Description
Large round vessel with three columnar spouts at the top that share a raised lip. The three spouts are decorated with small incised circles. Primary Object Classification Ceramic Primary Object TypevesselCollection AreaAfricanRights
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