Water container of mineral, clay (Equatorial Guinea)

Water container of mineral, clay (Equatorial Guinea)
1901-1948. Clay jug (Equatorial Guinea) © Museo Nacional Antropología.

Water container of mineral, clay (Equatorial Guinea)

Pottery work was carried out collectively by women, organised by one of the group, and they also looked for the clay and fired it. The technique was to put clay spirals one on top of another which were then smoothed out with a flat object before firing in bonfires.

Traditionally all the women in a village were potters, although certain taboos sometimes excluded them from the extraction of the clay, the modelling and the firing. In order to carry out such tasks, they couldn’t be menstruating, nor less than 4 months pregnant, nor have slept with a man the night before getting the clay.

Photo, Arantxa Boyero Lirón