Ideology:Dr Iskandar sometimes names his vessels after recognisable personas or archetypes and endows them with human traits and qualities. This is particularly apt since the components of a pot’s anatomy are named after human body parts.
Zulu Warrior’s exceptional height (at 63cm), long neck and lithe body effectively conjures the image of the tall, tribal fighter from Africa. Shoulder and neck have rosy plum colours and its lean, body bear criss-crossing stripes created through a technique of resist decoration. The overall effects suggest tribal body tattoos or weapon markings on a spear and shield.
Dr Iskandar has adopted a more ‘painterly’ application in this vessel. The resulting rivulets from the flow and drips of glaze and stains add depth and character to this vessel. The crusty, blistering and crackling surface (using a crackle slip) further suggest the exposed, weathered skin of a warrior in the outdoors.
Detail of Work:Year created : 2015
Weight : 6.5kg
Dimension : H 63 x 15 x 15 cm
Technical Info:TECHINICAL INFO The neck is wheel thrown and joined to the hand-built vessel
High-fired at 1300ºC, reduction gas-firing
Material:Stoneware (local clay)
Glaze:GLAZE Manganese oxide, purple stain, crackle slip and cobalt glaze, with resist decoration
Seal:1 sakura motif, c.1990s
1 signature of Iskandar Jalil
(at lower body)
1 flower motif, c.1990s
(at base of handle joint)