This large-bellied vessel is designed and hand molded of terra cotta clay by the Dogon People of the Republic of Mali. It features a beveled lip and wide opening followed by three rows of curved markings. These markings are followed by another set of sweeping incised arcs, finished by a rope-like band. The design is both aesthetic and provides a grip when held. The bottom half of the vessel is left with a rough, unadorned surface, which contrasts with the decorative patterning above. “This elegant, well-proportioned vessel is a reduction of classic Bamana-Maninka pottery-forms. The body is reduced to three dramatic planes: the lower body, the upper shoulder, and the flared mouth. The bottom two planes serve as a structural cornerstone that holds the vessel together.”
REFERENCES: Dawson, Douglas. 2009. Chicago: Douglas Dawson Gallery.