Bura Spirit Vessel

c. 1900
$3,580 USD
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Dimensions
H: 29.5" Dia: 7.75"
Materials
Terra Cotta
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Collection #
CAA0328A
Estimated Shipping
$350

Sometimes called a "Bura bell" due to its shape, this sculptural terra cotta object was part of the Bura tribe's burial ritual. Buried with its flared mouth facing down, this cylindrical storage vessel would have protected the deceased's possessions as they transitioned to the afterlife. Decorated with complex incisions and dimples, this solid, earthy vessel is phallic in its sculptural presence. This particular example strips away the more complicated fields featured in the rest of our collection of Bura bells. A single geometric motif emerges as a well-defined focal point.

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