African Pots and Vessels
A varied array of materials are used to create pots and vessels, some of these include wood, clay, terracotta, bronze, gourdes (a large fruit with a hard skin) and also raffia (plant fibre) when it comes to basketwork vessels/containers.
Gourdes being very light, are widely used through out Africa for the purpose of water carrying and can be very highly decorated with either painted on designs or cowrie shells and leather straps with which to carry them with.
Some of the more elaborately carved and decorated vessels include the wooden pots of various sizes, that are used for Ceremonial Initiations, the purpose of Oracle Divination (Mouse Oracle), Offering Pots (food sharing), Ceremonial Drinking (Palm Wine) Cups to Tukula boxes that are used simply to house Tukula powder for decoration thing or keeping safe jewellery and trinkets.
From the everyday cooking and drinking pots and vessels to those used for and by the more higher ranking tribal members for ceremonial rituals, they all have their special purpose and place in tribal day to day living.
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