607 - 75 cm funerary urn with scarifications

Bura Asinda Sikka
Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Niger

Our final example of funerary pottery is this very tall urn particularly decorated with friezes of crosshatchings, lines of dots, and other designs in relief as well as intaglio. The funeral urns in the form of phallic symbols were made to be placed in the tomb and filled with personal effects of the deceased such as arrowheads, spears, clothing, teeth and bones. After which, the "baura" was placed, base down on the tomb, exactly like our tombstones or burial plaques. These objects were accompanied by pots, other urns and heads representing the members of the family.

H. 75 cm
Dating: 3-11th century

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