Ghanaian pottery figure

Contributed by Anna Craven

Ghanaian pottery figure

In 1964 I made a collection of pottery in the north of the country for the University of Ghana Dept.of Archaeology, and acquired this figure from an exhibition of women's work in Bolgatanga. In 2007 I returned to make another comparative collection to record continuity and change, but did not find any figure like this one: such exhibitions are no longer organised. Neither was I able to find the woman who had made it, though women still retain and hand down remarkable potting skills, especially amongst the Kusasi people of the Upper East Region. What is produced now very much depends on the market for utility vessels for cooking, eating, storage, and brewing and drinking beer, all of which are preferred for their qualities as against plastic or metal containers.

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