About this object

History of use

Use as a ceremonial pot.

Cultural context


Iconographic meaning

Female figures on pot represent worshippers of the river goddess, Oshun.

Physical description

Pot with decoration in high relief consisting of six female figures arranged around the upper portion of the pot, four of which are carrying small auxiliary pots on their heads. These pots are evenly spaced around the rim of the main pot. They alternate with panels containing a handle and a snake-like motif. The snakes run down from the rim and terminate at a horizontal flange which separates the decoration from the lower portion of the pot. Two remaining females are placed in panels on opposite sides of the pot. Both high relief and pat decorated with incised lines and marks.