Vessel, 'Sfat-em (Mother tongue) IV', handbuilt, earthenware, designed and made by Avital Sheffer, Mullumbimby, New South Wales, Australia, 2006
Tall and slender egg shaped vessel with slip decoration in Hebrew script and Islamic motifs. The vessel has a flat base, almost vertical slightly swelling sides returning to high shoulder, a low neck half the width of the vessel and a rim with a short inward-curving tendril at each side. Above this is placed a removable semi-circular lid with domed architectural-style finial. The surface of the vessel is decorated unevenly and is divided vertically on the widest sides by equal distant bumps and a brown foliate pattern. The decoration is applied in a shadowy technique that envelopes the whole vessel with one side in Hebrew text and the other slightly larger side in an Islamic floral design.