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By Anne Haour, K. Manning, N. Arazi, O. Gosselain

African Pottery Roulettes earlier and Present considers ethnographic, museological and archaeological ways to pottery-decorating instruments referred to as roulettes, or brief lengths of fibre or wooden which are rolled over the outside of a vessel for adornment.

This ebook units out, for the 1st time, a fantastic typology for the type of African pottery adorned with such instruments, and forges a consensus on universal technique and criteria. It provides an outline of background of analysis into roulette ornament in Africa and somewhere else - Jomon Japan, Neolithic Europe, Siberia, and manhattan between others; outlines the modern distribution of roulette utilization in sub-Saharan African at the present time, a 'success tale' from Senegal to Tanzania; and proposes methodologies for the id of chosen roulette ornament forms within the archaeological list.

by way of reaching standardisation in pottery research, this publication will aid researchers make significant comparisons among diversified websites of West Africa, and hence consultant additional study at the West African previous. As roulette ornament has been any such international phenomenon some time past, the publication can also be of curiosity to all researchers with an curiosity in ceramics from diverse components of the area. Bilingual version: English and French.

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Examples drawn from recent fieldwork and from museum collections are illustrated here with their impressions. Modern roulettes in sub-Saharan Africa Alexandre Livingstone Smith, Olivier Gosselain, Anne Mayor and Ndèye Sokhna Guèye Introduction: classification and nomenclature of African roulettes For millennia, across much of the African continent, tools have been rolled across the wet paste of clay vessels to imprint motifs with the principal purpose of decoration. We know that these tools are very diverse in terms of materials and the ways in which they were made, and that they create an extraordinary palette of motifs.

Les décors à la roulette sont attestés archéologiquement depuis des millénaires, et l’on observe encore l’usage d’un large éventail de roulettes en Afrique contemporaine, celui-ci comprenant notamment des cordelettes torsadées, des fibres végétales pliées, des cylindres de bois gravé, des os de poissons, des bigoudis ou des ressorts… Si, jusqu’au milieu du vingtième siècle, l’impression à la roulette apparaissait encore comme l’une des plus grandes ‘success story’ dans l’histoire du décor céramique en Afrique (Gosselain 2000; Livingstone Smith 2007), son usage est actuellement en déclin.

Celle-ci se fonde sur l’identification de la partie agissante de l’outil et vise à déceler les répétitions ou les irrégularités dans les impressions, afin de permettre une reconstitution de l’outil et de son mode d’utilisation. La Section 3 est consacrée aux exemples archéologiques de poterie décorée à la roulette. Elle vise à fournir un référentiel pour l’identification des céramiques archéologiques imprimées, en présentant des tessons issus de sites sub-sahariens de périodes très différentes.

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