Wiiso, Ancestor pottery

Wiiso, Ancestor pottery

presumed late 19th, early 20th
Height : 50 cm
Tribal Art
very good
Inventory number
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Rare ancestor pot from the Yungur region, eastern Nigeria.

Sacred pottery dedicated to the cult of the ancestors, it plays a role in healing, protection of hunters and formerly of warriors.

Anthropomorphic in character, this beautiful pottery presents a bearded head on a good neck, the belly taking up the arms returning to a prominent umbilicus.

Of significant size, it probably contains the spirit of a Yungur chief, preserved in a ritual enclosure on a sacred site.


Bibliography :

  • Terre africaine, Musée Barbier-Muller 2008, pages 240 and following, 440, cat. 107 for a very similar ancestor's pot.