This beautiful, spherical vessel was designed and hand molded of terra-cotta clay by the Nanu People of Burkino Faso. Its unique, square-cut opening and corresponding lid help mitigate evaporation and spillage. The square opening is matched with striated triangles and decorative protrusions which line up with the four corners of the lid. The vessel’s rich orange patina suggests decades of daily use, including placement over a fire to cook soups and boil vegetables. “The Gur-speaking people of Burkino Faso comprise many distinct groups that share a language, common heritage, and long standing tenure in the region. Amongst them are some of the more prolific and imaginative potters on the African continent.”
REFERENCES: Dawson, Douglas. 2009. Chicago: Douglas Dawson Gallery.