Ceramic, container, vessel
West Africa, Burkina Faso
17 in. (43.2 cm)
Tusyan pots are noted for their fine symmetrical shapes and delicate surface patterning. This vessel illustrates the use of several types of pre-firing decoration techniques. The lip and narrow bands around the neck of the vessel are burnished to a high glossy sheen, in contrast to the incised and rouletted patterns that cover most of the vessel. Two kinds of roulettes are used here: a carved wooden wheel roulette formed the delicate zigzag patterns contained within horizontal and diagonal bands. Woven fibers rolled in alternating directions make the coarser "herringbone" pattern.
Spirited Vessels: Creation and Ritual in African Ceramics, Michael C. Carlos Museum, February 7 - April 11, 2004
© Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. Photo by Bruce M. White, 2011.
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