A fine Eastern Pende Panya-Gombe African mask. Coll.: David Norden
Michael C. Carlos Emory Museum
Spirited Vessels: Ritual and Creation in African Ceramics
Without the benefit of the mechanical potter's wheel, African ceramicists transform lumps of clay into near-perfect symmetrical vessels and decorate them using the simplest of tools. Made primarily for utilitarian purposes, African pottery reveals a fusion of form and function, yet many vessels possess an undeniable aesthetic appeal. Their symmetrical shapes, rich earthen colors, elegant proportions, and skillful decoration are the individual aesthetic innovations of artists working within regional conventions.
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