Ceramics at the National Museum of African Art

January 14, 1998 – Indefinitely

National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Sublevel 3 Floor Plan

Drawn from the museum's extensive collection of 140 ceramic works, 14 vessels are on view representing various regions of the African continent, including five objects that have never been exhibited in the museum. The vessels are representative of master potters, primarily women who display their dexterity by hand-building a variety of vessels. A few pieces from an important group of 85 vessels from Central Africa are on display, along with a beer container from the Chewa of Malawi, a water vessel from the Yoruba of Nigeria, and water and oil containers from the Berber of Algeria.