From our personal collection, on offer is an unusual, figural water jug from the Lovale peoples in western Zambia. Hand-formed & crafted from clay, the vessel was used to store as well as transport water.
Quite a conceptual design, the shape of a foot has been cleverly incorporated into the overall form of the container, with the ankle serving as the mouth or spout. The heel is planted firmly atop the globe with the rest of the foot & its toes gripping the upper portion of the jug. Steeped in symbolism, the foot represents a young initiate taking an important step forward when he's completed his tribal initiation, a process intended to place the initiate on the path that will connect him with his ancestors.
An exceptional piece, the nicely weighted pottery shows age- & use-related wear, with a well-developed patina. Despite a few minor imperfections, the piece is in very good overall condition. A most intriguing display, this would make a superb & unique addition to any serious collection of ethnic- &/or ceramic-ware.