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Asante men made figurative pots with human and animal motifs, while women produced utilitarian pottery. So-called "proverb pots," or abebudie, such as this, served as vessels for an important man's drinking water. Tortoise, snail, cock, chameleon, (which embodies patience), and a cocoa pod...

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in black marker underside of lid: Y45


1982, sold by the Leonard Kahan Gallery, New York, to Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

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Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Asante peoples, Ghana, 20th century, 1950–2000

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Overall (total height): 27 cm (10 5/8 in.) Other (lid): 16.8 x 26 cm (6 5/8 x 10 1/4 in.) Ceramics (bowl): 30 x 12.4 cm (11 13/16 x 4 7/8 in.)

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Africa and Oceania


Decorative arts