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Grasslands Sculpted Ritual Drinking Vessel - PF.2356
Origin: Grasslands of Central Cameroon
Circa: 19 th Century AD to 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 20.5" (52.1cm) high x 7.5" (19.1cm) wide
Catalogue: V7
Collection: African
Style: Grasslands
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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In its diverse manifestations of imagery and style, the art of Cameroon, represented in this extraordinary ritual vessel, expresses the spirited complexities of human existence. Timeless and universal themes that transcend cultural boundaries are given bold and vivid expression in their art forms. Dynamic and compelling in its power to affect, this magnificent ceremonial drinking vessel bespeaks of a culture attuned to the vitality and spirtuality of life. Powerful mask- like faces encompass the body of the vessel which is upheld by the heads and raised arms of masked male and female figures. A dynamic, squatting male figure sits atop the vessel, his sculpted body aligned with the gaping, toothed animal mouth that forms the vessel spout. Together, these diverse and evocative elements combine to form a masterpiece of sculpted pottery that evinces a spirited liveliness felt by all who behold it. - (PF.2356)


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