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Water Pot

Artist/Maker: Makonde people (Mozambique)

Date: not dated
Medium: pottery
Overall: 16 x 18 1/2 in. (40.6 x 47 cm)
Classification: Containers
Credit Line: Gift of an Anonymous Donor
Object number: 2007.21.2
DescriptionThis was built of coils, dried, painted with a mica-rich wash to give it a speckled grey look, then burnished and incised. Kaolin (white clay) was rubbed into the incisions. The same word, nkova, is used for linear patterns on pottery and for tattooing. Such pots are treasured possessions used for a lifetime and eventually placed over a woman’s grave.
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