Anthropomorphic vessel

H35, 27 x 27cm
Terracotta fired in a wood kiln

Anthropomorphic vessel is a sculpture-vase that draws inspiration from the Ngil masks of the Fang people, an agrarian and hunting community residing in Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and Cameroon. The Fang people utilized these masks in initiations, ceremonies, and processions, until they were subsequently banned by French colonial authorities in 1910.
Crafted from terracotta, the sculpture bears anthropomorphic features and undergoes a firing process in a pit for 48 hours. This method enables the attainment of color variations influenced by the interaction between the ceramic surface and sawdust and wood.

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