Nupe Gourd Water Vessel

c. 1950
H: 15.0" Dia: 12.5"
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Inspired by the natural world, Nupe ceramicists fired this water vessel in the shape of a gourd. The vessel's varied textures and colors come from its functional design. The dimpling and geometric markings were engraved to give the drinker a better grip, creating the hand-worn texture and off-colored streaks. The bottom was designed to rest against the ground, and constant use over many years have left behind a distinctive pattern of light tones. Elegantly formed and intricately detailed, this gourd-shaped ceramic vessel is a singularly sculptural object for the home.

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