Spirit & Tradition: Vessels from Africa

May 10 through June 12, 2016

Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes Collection

About the Exhibit

Spirit & Tradition explores the versatility of one the oldest forms of art, pottery. The exhibition will acquaint the audience with the techniques used to create traditional ceramic vessels, and their purpose within specific African cultures.

The ubiquitous presence of pottery throughout African traditional societies and village life demonstrates the remarkable versatility of clay in a manifold of useful objects of unending formal invention. Although pottery's function is primarily utilitarian; they can also hold ceremonial and economic value. Domestically, pottery is utilized for cooking, storage of wine and water, and bathing purposes; however, ceremonial vessels can be seen in shrines and divination ceremonies, as well as sold and bartered for supplies in the town's market.

In most cases, pottery, a sacred art, is produced by women and its techniques and symbols associated are exclusively passed down through oral tradition.

  • Nupe Nigeria, Vessel
  • Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes
  • Clay
  • 22" x 9.5"
  • Mid-20th Century
  • Bamana, Mail - Vessel
  • Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes
  • Clay
  • 6.25" x 6"
  • Mid-20th Century
  • Djenne, Mali - Vessel
  • Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes
  • Terracotta
  • 14" x 13.5"
  • Mid-20th Century
  • Nigeria Vessel
  • Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes
  • Clay
  • 18" x 16"
  • Mid-20th Century
  • Grasslands, Cameroon - Vessel
  • Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes
  • Clay
  • 21" x 17.5"
  • Mid-20th Century
  • Nigeria, Central Plateau - Vessel
  • Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes
  • Clay
  • 21.5" x 19"
  • Mid-20th Century
  • Djenne, Mali - Vessel
  • Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes
  • Terracotta
  • 24.5" x 18"
  • Mid-20th Century
  • Chad - Vessel
  • Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes
  • Terracotta
  • 14" x 17"
  • Mid-20th Century
  • Niger - Vessel
  • Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes
  • Terracotta
  • 19.75" x 18"
  • Mid-20th Century
  • Dakakari, Nigeria - Vessel
  • Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes
  • Clay
  • 21.25" x 17"
  • Mid-20th Century
  • Hausa - Northern Nigeria - Vessel
  • Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes
  • Terracotta
  • 15" x 12"
  • Mid-20th Century
  • Mali, Vessel
  • Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes
  • Clay
  • 15" x 13"
  • Mid-20th Century
  • Bamana, Mali - Vessel
  • Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes
  • Clay
  • 31" x 17"
  • Mid-20th Century
  • Lobi, Burkina Faso - Vessel
  • Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes
  • Clay
  • 14.5" x 14.5"
  • Mid-20th Century
  • Grasslands Cameroon Vessel
  • Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes
  • Clay
  • 17" x 15.5"
  • Mid-20th Century
  • Bozo Mali, Vessel
  • Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes
  • Clay
  • 18.5" x 16"
  • Mid-20th Century
  • Burkina Faso - Vessel
  • Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes
  • Terracotta
  • 14.5" x 12"
  • Mid-20th Century
  • Bamana, Mali - Vessel
  • Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes
  • Clay
  • 15" x 14"
  • Mid-20th Century
  • Benin, Nigeria - Vessel
  • Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes
  • Clay
  • 15" x 13.5"
  • Mid-20th Century
  • Bozo, Mali - Vessel
  • Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes
  • Clay
  • 26.5" x 15"
  • Mid-20th Century