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abstract vessel (black)

Magdalene Odundo, (British, 1950-)


Magdalene Odundo’s forms are inspired by a diverse range of influences including ancient Roman, Native American and Chinese pottery. This particular vessel is inspired by the appearance of Mangbetu women of Central Africa. In the past, Mangbetu women elongated their heads by binding them and added extraordinary headpieces. The flaring lip of Odundo’s vessel echoes the traditional Mangbetu pot to the left that actually depicts the female’s head.

Object Information

Magdalene Odundo (British, 1950-)
creation date
1991
materials
ceramic
dimensions
17 x 11 x 11 in.
accession number
1998.185
credit line
Anonymous Art Fund
collection
African Art