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Lot 104

South African 1957-
Crying Pot
kiln and pit fired unglazed terracotta, fat, wax and charcoal
height: 72,5cm

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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 bein revealed, I was overwhelmed by the grief of the friends and the families of the victims – especially the women … I played with the idea of a grieving entity that was completely subsumed in its grief. The form of a pot with a head thrown back in anguish – with no arms and legs – accentuated this pain. The bowl of the pot became a symbol of the earth, the gesture of the pain became a cry and a prayer.’1

1. Deborah Bell (2004), quoted in Bettina Schultz, Deborah Bell, Johannesburg: David Krut, page 65.


Bettina Schultz (2004) Deborah Bell, Johannesburg: David Krut. Illustrated in colour on page 64.


Estimate: R 70 000 - 90 000 

Sold for R 60 000
Which is R 68 280 incl Buyer's Premium and VAT


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