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Igbo Pot Clay Ceremonial with Figures Nigeria African Art

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Title Igbo Pot Clay Ceremonial with Figures Nigeria African
Type of Object Clay pot
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Igbo
Materials Clay
Approximate Age Unknown
Dimensions 13.5 inches H. x 13 inches diam.
Overall Condition Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Chips by rim on mouth and base, chips in figures, figures with broken parts, figures with missing arms, and/or legs two figures have replaced heads, indigenous repairs in many other places; see pictures for details.

Additional Information: A ceremonial vessel made from clay and decorated with various motifs in relief. This is a work of Igbo artists Among the Igbo people, pottery has a long tradition and is one of the most important industries that produce everyday life utensils as well as ritual vessels.

This is a round body pot with short neck, and embellished with  human, animal  (lizard, snake, scorpion,frog, alligator, etc ), and abstract low-relief symbols and others. These figures are symbols associated with the supernatural power and wealth and commonly found on the art of West Africa. They may also have some proverbial meanings. In many cases these symbols define the divinity for which the pot was made.

 Although the real function of this pot remains unknown,  the motifs on the wall of the pot demonstrate the piece is not an ordinary water container but an object of ritual importance. 

The Nigerian craft of pottery is mainly reserved to women and is hereditary, passing from mothers to daughters. Children can start learning the craft at the age of five. 

I have examined this piece and agree with the description.
Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.