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Bottle made of pottery, plumbago, graphite.
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Height: 21 centimetres
Width: 20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This pot, glazed with graphite, is reproduced in the shape of a gourd and would be placed on an ornamental woven pot-ring of vegetable fibre.
Pots of this kind were made for the royal court and for other notables, in contrast with the coarser red ware commonly used. Unlike in most parts of sub-Saharan Africa, in Uganda the potters are men, and the royal potters, Kujona, were a special group who received land in exchange for pottery.
J. Mack (ed.), Africa: arts and cultures (London, The British Museum Press, 2000)
N. Barley, Smashing Pots: Feats of Clay from Africa (London, The British Museum Press, 1994)
- On display (G25/dc23)
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- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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