Collection Artwork
vessel, possibly for water or palm wine
20th century
overall size: 17 x 13 3/4 x 13 3/4 in.
Gift of Bill and Gale Simmons
Nigeria, Africa

Object Label

The unique double-hulled structure of this type of pot helps prevent spillage, making it extremely desirable in trade. Gourds and other natural forms inspire Nupe potters to reproduce their shapes in their pottery through a combination of the convex-molding technique and the coil method. The potters later add intricate designs, using roulette shapes and, in some cases, brass castings to embellish the surface and enhance the pot’s value.

From the exhibition: African Pots and Gender (November 14, 2009 – January 3, 2010)

Ongoing Research

Research on our collection is ongoing. If you have resources you’d like to share, please contact Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara.
Pattern by Evelyn Wang ’19
Inspired by the exhibition 3-D Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, 1964-1980
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.