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Shi (Bashi) Pitcher Lip and Handle Wood Congo Africa Art

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Title Shi (Bashi) Pitcher Lip and Handle Wood Congo Africa Art
Type of Object Pitcher, Bowl, Container
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Shi or Bashi
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 6 Inches
Width: 5.5 Inches
Depth: 10 Inches
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 in rim.


Additional Information: A container in the form of a pitcher with lip and handle found among the Shi. This piece was used as a pitcher for serving local wine or beer and ritual drink.

The Shi (also called Bashi)  people live in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. They are neighbors of the Lega, Nyindu, Havu, and Vira. Unfortunately, very little is known about the Shi culture and their art. A  few masks and also wooden pitchers like this one have been attributed to the Shi

Recommended Reading: M.L.:100 peoples of Zaire and their sculpture, The Handbook, Zaire Basin Art History Research Foundation, Brussels, 1987, pp. 156-157