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Description Bottle, Tswa peoples, Rwanda, Early-mid 20th century, Ceramic, resin, commercial paint, wax. Potters--primarily women--handbuild a variety of vessels that they embellish with beautiful colors, designs and motifs before firing them at low temperatures. Containers made for daily use hold water or serve as cooking utensils. They also make vessels to be used in special ceremonies or that become part of an assemblage of objects placed in a shrine. The brilliant red, bold zigzag motif was probably rendered with imported paint and applied to the body after firing. The surface was covered with wax to enhance the natural colour of the clay. The paint and wax may have been applied to the bottle by someone other than the potter.
Date 21 September 2008, 13:22
Source Bottle, Tswa peoples, Rwanda, Early-mid 20th century, Ceramic, resin, commercial paint, wax
Author Cliff from I now live in Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA

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38° 53′ 16.88″ N, 77° 1′ 32.03″ W

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