Symmetrical Reduced Black Narrow-Necked Tall Piece
Magdalene Anyango N. Odundo
Arts of Africa
Dame Magdalene Odundo’s vessels represent the height of technical skill and visual inventiveness. Trained in Kenya, India, and England—where she first began working in clay—her influences span millennia and continents. These sources include Cycladic art; San Ildefonso Pueblo artists like Maria Martínez; European modernists like Hans Jean Arp; and Gwari potters like Ladi Kwali OON, MBE. This vessel’s long, flared neck evokes Nigerian Nupe pottery, another of her inspirations. While Kang Suk Young carefully manipulates his work during the construction process, a multistep firing process determines the final appearance of Odundo’s works. Organic materials carbonize during firing, reducing oxygen to transform the reddish-orange terracotta to a shimmering black. The rainbow sheen on this object accentuates its voluptuous lower half.
16 x 10 x 10 in. (40.6 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm) (show scale)
Signed and dated on base
Purchased with funds given by Dr. and Mrs. Sidney Clyman and Frank L. Babbott Fund
Black narrow-necked, symmentrical vessel made in 1990 by Magdalene Anyango N. Odundo who was born in Nairobi, Kenya (Luo, b.1950). Hand built vessel finished with a burnished slip and reduction-fired in a saggar to give a variegated black and orange-red surface. Condition: Excellent.
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Magdalene Anyango N. Odundo (British, born Kenya 1950). Symmetrical Reduced Black Narrow-Necked Tall Piece, 1990. Terracotta, 16 x 10 x 10 in. (40.6 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Dr. and Mrs. Sidney Clyman and Frank L. Babbott Fund, 1991.26. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1991.26_SL1_edited.jpg)
overall, 1991.26_SL1_edited.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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