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Grasslands Terracotta Janiform Vessel - MT.295 (LSO)
Origin: Grasslands of Central Cameroon
Circa: 20 th Century AD

Collection: African Art
Style: Grasslands
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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This attractive bicephalous (or, more specifically, Janus-faced) ceramic vessel bears stylistic variants characteristic of the cultures that inhabit the grasslands of Cameroon. It comprises an almost spherical pot, standing on a square- section base with “legs” at each corner; the base is decorated with hatched designs. The faces are essentially identical, with oval low-relief eyes and brows, a long, retrousse nose and pursed lips over a small, pointed chin. The pot is equipped with a pair of complex loop handles which are designed to resemble ears. The lid of the vessel is small, tall and has a circular knop, and is attached to one of the ears with a raffia cord. The piece is dark in colour but unpainted, and thus reflects use wear and age patination. - (MT.295 (LSO))


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