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Deborah Bell; Crying Pot
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Lot 609

South African 1957-
Crying Pot
terracotta, kiln and pit fired, fat, wax, wire and charcoal
height: 71cm

Sold for R 60 000
Including Buyer's Premium and VAT R 68 280

Estimate R 60 000 - 80 000

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"I started working with the image of the crying pot during the time that the Truth and Reconciliation hearings had just begun, and were being aired on television. Apart from being struck by the atrocities that were being revealed, I was overwhelmed by the grief of the friends and the families of the victims - especially the women".


cf. Pippa Stein (2004) Deborah Bell, Johannesburg: David Krut Publishing. Similar examples are illustrated on pages 64 and 65.

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