Morocco, Berber/Amazigh, ca. 1900 CE. This is a prettily decorated pottery vessel that looks like a large coffee mug with the handle intact. The red designs on it are geometric. Unglazed ceramics from Morocco are usually made in the Rif area of mountainous central Morocco. The production of ceramics is primarily women's industry, and the women who make the pots decorate them with natural paint from plants such as henna. They make the pots without a potter's wheel, instead using a wooden spatula to change the thickness of the walls and a leather strip for polishing the outer walls. Some art historians theorize that the geometric designs on Berber pots originated with the classical and medieval period traders of the Mediterranean and Sahara. Size: the vessel is 5-3/4" at its widest; 4-1/2" wide across the base x 4-1/4"H.
Condition: There is some fading, dirt, wear, and patina, but all the artwork is still bold and clear. There are some hairline cracks near the base and limited evidence for gluing to the base.
Provenance: Ex-private G. McDonald collection.
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