Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Sumatra, ca. 19th century CE. A massive decorative vessel in the form of a ten-pointed star, made from a thick, coarse red clay and painted with a thin black/grey slip, heightening its dramatic appearance. A round mouth is at the center of the star, surrounded by a broad-raised rim with an incised lip at its center; two decorative bands surround this, with the outer one having slightly pointed edges that fill in the spaces between the arms of the star. This complex vessel, made from different mold-made parts with added decoration, demonstrates the skill of the artisan who made the piece. Size: 14.25" W x 8.2" H (36.2 cm x 20.8 cm); 19.5" H (49.5 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: Mark Clayton collection, Long Beach, California, USA; Mr. Clayton is a noted African collector who recently had Nigerian bronze objects from his collection featured in an exhibition at the UCLA Fowler Museum entitled "Summoning the Ancestors" (September 2018 - March 2019); ex-Miranda Crimp, San Francisco, California, USA
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The interior has some small cracks as a result of the firing process, but these do not threaten the integrity of the structure. Small chips from peripheries. No repairs or restoration anywhere. Pigment is in very nice condition.