Wednesday, 11 May 2016

BOOK LAUNCH AT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KENYA NAIROBI


 


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OFFICIAL LAUNCH

7

MAY
2016


 
NAIROBI NATIONAL MUSEUM

 

Pots and Identities
The language of clay

Pottery is one of the most enduring artefacts in the archaeological record.  It has been used the world over to provide relative dates for sites and also to reconstruct lifeways of the prehistoric people.

This exhibition is the archaeologist version of the Kenyan history and the contemporary practises of potters/ artists through the language of clay.  In both cases, the identity of the potter is easily discernible from either the style or decorations of the pot.

In some cases, archaeological data cannot stand alone and archaeologists have used present day practices to interpret their data. Some of the comparative data include studies on pottery functions, pottery making technologies, innovation and diffusion...

Outstanding archaeological and traditional pottery alongside contemporary works by Magdalene Odundo, Mzee Edward Njenga, Waithira Chege and Emmanuel Ondif among others.

Book Launch
During the exhibition opening there will be a book launch of Edward Njenga's autobiography 'Telling it in Clay' written by Lynette Kariuki.

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