This impressive raku pottery pot has a terrific ancient yet modern look. The thick pottery is hand thrown with finger ridges evident on the interior. The pairs of ibexes, a type of wild goats, were overpainted on the rotund body in black outline form and shaded with dark brown. Below the upper rim, there is a series of alternating, overlapping black lines, the type of geometric device often seen on indigenous pottery. There are two parallel lines, one wide and one narrow, that encircle the bottom of the pot. The double handles are composed of two thick straps looped atop one another and applied to each side. The vase has a wonderfully tactile surface.
This piece measures almost 9 inches tall, 8 inches across the belly and has a mouth about 4 inches in diameter, with a weight of 3 pounds, 6 ounces. It's in very good condition, with a few small scuffs to the surface here and there, with no detriment to its beauty and no chips, cracks or repairs. There are some loopy lines incised in the bottom, shown as best we could in photograph #4, which may or may not be the potter's mark; there is what appears to be the number 7 impressed, also.
This pot looks great on a shelf, in the center of a table or anywhere else you want a touch of ethnic décor.