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Ritual Pot

Artist/Maker: Cham people (Nigeria)

Date: 20th century
Medium: pottery and pigment
Overall: 12 1/2 x 8 1/8 x 7 5/8 in. (31.8 x 20.6 x 19.4 cm)
Classification: Containers
Credit Line: Gift of Alan Potamkin
Object number: 2007.48.20
DescriptionRitual pot with the image of a disease-producing spirit. The spirit of a specific affliction is trapped in the clay of the unfired pot by touching it to the sick person, then firing it. The finished pot is then put on a shrine. Similar practices are shared by a number of closely related peoples of the central Nigerian plateau.
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