women's pottery from the moroccan rif region
Early primitive ceramic techniques in this region date back to 6000 BC, and the pottery of the Rif still bears close resemblance to its origins: neither the techniques nor the patterns have changed much since the Bronze Age. After this particular style of pottery disappeared from most parts of the Mediterranean region and the Iberian Peninsula in the seventeenth century, the potters of the Rif are now the only ones to preserve this ancient tradition.
Each piece bears the individual mark of its maker. Shapes and decorations – or lack of décor – are all unique and and reflect both the origin and the dexterity of the potter.