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Shi (Bashi) Pitcher with Handle Congo African Art

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Title Shi (Bashi) Pitcher with Handle Congo African Art
Type of Object Pitcher, bowl
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Shi or Bashi
Materials Wood, vegetal fibers, aluminum
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 7.5 Inches
Depth: 9 Inches
Overall Condition Poor
Damage/Repair Cracks, chips and a well worn patina, indigenous repairs

Additional Information: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 (see Felix, M.L.:100 peoples of Zaire and their sculpture) . This piece was used as a pitcher for serving local wine or beer and ritual drink.