19th C. Fijian Terracotta Strap Handle Water Vessel Pot
Origin: Western Polynesia, Fiji, Provenance: Purchased by a Los Angeles collector from Mauna Kea Galleries Hawaii 20 years ago.
Period: 19th century
Materials: terracotta, sap glaze
Description: This old decorated water pot has large volumes and features four strap handles with raised nodules resembling Octopus tentacles. Its pouring spout is located mid-section on a soft angle and has some old loss to the left side. These were low-fired and had an applied plant-based sap resin glaze like Breadfruit. Over the years it has been lovingly restored and has evidence of mends on the bottom and some glue residue here and there. A rare surviving example of its style.
Dimensions: Height 7.5” (19 cm), Width 8.5” (21.5 cm)