Songye Ceremonial Jug

c. 1900
$7,480 USD
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W: 9.5" D: 11.5" H: 16.5"
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The Songye people of Zaire assigned great importance to their artistic and ceremonial pursuits. Master craftspeople, they created meaningful objects, like this figurative jug, for use in secret ceremonies. From the spout formed to look like hair, through the face, and down to the gourd shaped base, this jug seamlessly transitions between forms, marking it as a master work. The face depicts an elder or spirit that the drinker most likely wished to engage with. This marriage of form, spirituality, and intent is a trademark example of exemplary African art.

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