Ritual vessel

Yoruba peoples or Bini
late 19th–early 20th century
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General Description

This intriguing footed vessel is decorated with modeled human faces and serpents. Neither the purpose for which it was made nor the culture in which it originated is known. Images of human faces with snakes issuing from their nostrils can be found in the art of both the Yoruba and the Edo peoples. It was probably made by a female potter who formed it without the benefit of a potter's wheel.

Excerpt from

  • Roslyn A. Walker, Label text, Arts of Africa, 2015.