Figurative Pot

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Ouatchi artist, Togo
Figurative pot
Early 20th century
H: 75 cm (29 “)
Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal, The Netherlands, 599-4


Open to the underground. Rare Ouatchi vessels were inserted directly into the earth. The darker patina of the lower half of this vessel shows how approximately half of it was once submerged. With its base open to the underground, its anthropomorphic features emerged from the earth ready to receive sacrificial offerings. The vessel’s combination of red color and serpentine imagery likely allude to the powers of the earth, wind, and water.