230426 - Extremely Rare Old African Yoruba Terracotta Pot - Nigeria
Extremely Rare Old African Yoruba Terracotta Pot - Nigeria
Height 28 cm and 22 cm wide.
Yoruba terracotta vase decorated with lizard. The vase has a beautiful patina. Small chips develop during use.
This vase comes from a Belgian collection and is very rare. It was collected in 1932, the vase itself is probably older.
This piece of a pottery vessel, embellished with with a lizard, was made by women of the ethnic group of the Yoruba in the Nigeria. The Yoruba potters passed their trade from mother to daughter. They didn’t make their vessels on a pottery wheel but kneaded them by hand. The raw material they used was river clay. Various pieces of pottery were used in ceremonies by spirit mediums. The disc shape mouth of the pot was used as a fire basin. The light was produced with the help of balls of cotton or wool, soaked in shea butter and lit with fire. Yoruba influence is reflected in the figural pottery of the Bariba.
Just your attention: I reserve the right to ship this item individually, because it is a very fragile item.