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Kabyle (Berber) pottery from northeastern Algeria

Kabyle double vessel (19th century). By cliff1066 via Wikimedia Commons.


Areas in Algeria where Kabyle is spoken. By Yoos via Wikimedia Commons

“The inhabitants of the mountainous Kabyle region along the Mediterranean coast in northeastern Algeria were superb artists noted for their jewelry making, textiles, mats, basketry, pottery and house mural decoration. In North Africa, wheel-thrown pottery made by men dates from the 7th century B.C. when the Phoenicians introduced the potter’s wheel to the Algerian coast. Handbuilt pottery made by women, including those from the Kabyle, an older, probably indigenous tradition, dates back 2000 years before the birth of Christ. The vessel depicted here originates from earlier prototypes. To this day, Kabyle women coil and decorate pottery with beautiful painted geometric designs for their own household use and for sale. Kabyle women handbuild vessels of various sizes and shapes for holding water, milk, oil, cooking and eating food, and oil lamps. (National Museum of African Art, Washington DC).” By cliff1066 via Wikimedia Commons

1886 woodcut of Kabyle women, from Century Magazine May 1886-October 1886. By Danny via Wikimedia

Kabyle pottery, early 20th century. By Michel-georges bernard via Wikimedia Commons

Migonney - Femme kabyle

Kabyle woman. By Jules Migonney via Wikimedia Commons

Ceramic Kabyle peoples jar (19th century)

Ceramic and pigment vessel with the head of an animal from Algeria (National Museum of African Art). cliff1066 via Wikimedia Commons


This is a French language video, but it is well worth viewing, no matter which language you speak, as it is very visual and has a beautiful soundtrack.

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