Pitt Rivers Museum Anthropology and World Archaology




Red pottery bowl



Collected by John Edward Hine

Given to the Museum in 1891

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Red pottery bowl, Malawi

This pot from Malawi has been decorated with an incised pattern below the rim. Although this patterning may be purely decorative, it may also have a practical function, as the patterning allows a firm grip on a handle-less pot and is said by potters to reduce cracking during firing. The bowl was made some time before 1891.

View database record 1891.38.12