Bamana Women’s Pottery

by Barbara Frank
SUNY at Stony Brook

Rouletting the surface. Kunògò, Mali, 1991. Photograph by Barbara E. Frank.


Potter Assitan Ballo impresses a pattern around the belly of the vessel with a twisted string roulette. A few impressed lines decorate the shoulder just below the rim, and a netted pattern from the initial forming of the pot over the mold is visible on the base. This is a cooking pot that will be blackened during the firing process.