These Nupe pots have been vetted as authentic, with signs of age and use.
These functional pots, always embellished with carefully executed surface patterns, were stacked on half-buried vessel supports when not in use. Whole walls of terracotta vessels often lined the inside of Nupe houses. Some of these of these show evidence of being repeatedly stacked, with subtle damage or ear around the inside of the lip or rim, or on the outside on the bottom. Several have encrusted surfaces and some are darkened with smoke from cooking and fires kept in the home.
The bases are all rounded so the raffia rings, similar to what would aid in carrying filled vessels on the head, are included.