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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Pottery vessel; sherd.

  • Ethnic name

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 15.5 centimetres
    • Width: 24.6 centimetres
    • Depth: 23.3 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    See Ethdoc 70 - Handicrafts of the Awemba Tribe of Northern Rhodesia. Presumably:
    18. Pots - Nongo (Sing. & pl.) - Made from a particular kind of black clay found near certain streams in meadows. A quantity of clay is taken & placed for a night in water. The next day it is taken out & pounded in a trough. An old discarded pot is then broken up and ground to powder & the dust mixed in with the new clay to strengthen it. A ball of the mixture is then taken out & roughly shaped into the pot. The final touches moulding, curving etc are executed with a mealie cob etc The pots are then placed aside amongst some grass in the sun to dry for four days, being brought in at night. On the fourth day they are taken into the forest, a large fire made over them, and burnt. When the pots are red, leaves are taken and the pots rubbed with themn to make them a black colour. The leaves are dipped in a concotion from the "musafwa" tree to give them a glossy appearance. Potmaking is women's work.


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


Pottery vessel; sherd.



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