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Engraved Islamic Brass Kettle for Hand Washing
Nupe People, Nigeria
early 20th century
height: 17.5cm; diameter of base: 17.3cm
This water kettle is from the Islamic Nupe people of central Nigeria and was executed in Bida. It is engraved in scrolling and wiling motifs that are characteristic
of Nupe design. The lid fits in the well of the top of the kettle; it is not hinged.
The base is engraved with the words: 'ADAMUMAKERI BIDA'.
References: a silver bowl attributed to Islamic Nigeria with similar engraved work is illustrated in Al-Jadir, S., Arab and Islamic Silver, Stacey International,
1981, p. 81.
Inventory no.: 532
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