Head-form spout from a water vessel

DATE:
c. 200–1300 CE
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Ceramic
CLASSIFICATION:
Sculpture
DIMENSIONS:
4 × 3 × 3 1/4 in. (10.16 × 7.62 × 8.26 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of the Pacific Islands
LOCATION:
Arts of the Pacific Islands - Indonesia, Level 3
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Rebecca and Steven G. Alpert in honor of John Lunsford
OBJECT NUMBER:
1991.365

General Description

Although they survive as fragments, these pieces can be appreciated for their sculptural form and intricately incised decoration.

Originally the spout from a water vessel, or kendi, this remaining fragment is a human head covered with geometric and anthropomorphic patterns. In central Sulawesi, a number of prehistoric terracotta fragments have been found.

Excerpt from

Roslyn A. Walker, Label text, 2013.