Julep cups are usually my go-to containers for blooms cut short but sometimes I'm in the mood for an earthier look, like the Baule pottery posted last year. At the moment, this seven inch vase handmade on the Ivory Coast of Africa is calling my name again. The Museum for African Art gift shop offers an array of these ceramics, which are discounted this month as part of a store-wide 50 percent off sale.
Books are not discounted, but I noticed that the exhibition catalogue published to accompany Desert Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermes Collection is still available for an easy-on-the-budget $19.95.
[Baskets clockwise from the top: Zulu Lidded Basket, ca. 1990s, created by Beauty Nxgongo using Ilala palm fiber, South Africa, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; second basket also created by Beauty Nxgongo and included in Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art; Kongo Lidded Basket, Mid-to-late 20th century, National Museum of African Art.]
In case you missed the update to the previous post, the latest issue of RL Magazine highlights the Museum's future home designed by Robert A. M. Stern Architects for a prime spot on Museum Mile. Renderings show trapezoidal windows inspired by African basket weave. I'm well aware that the patterns of the baskets above aren't dopplegangers for the windows; they just caught my attention today.
Not for sale in the gift shop, the two very graphic examples with zigzags were made by contemporary South African weaver, Beauty Nxgongo. Her work is represented in The Met's permanent collection and she uses natural sources to create her colors.
Related past posts: Sweet Greet and There's More.