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Shi (Bashi) Pitcher Congo African Art

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Title Shi (Bashi) Pitcher Congo African Art
Type of Object Container
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of the Congo
People Shi or Bashi
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 5 Inches
Width: 6 Inches
Depth: 9.5 Inches
Overall Condition Good. 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.

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.