As a youth in England, Richard is first intrigued by Nigeria when he sees an image of its roped pots. The roped pots were part of ancient Igbo-Ukwu art and artifacts unearthed in Nigeria in 1959-60. They show complex metalworking that existed as early as the 9th century among the Igbo-Ukwu (ancestors of the present-day Igbo). Archeologists now agree that this intricate metalworking developed without foreign influence or aid and was solely invented in the isolated community of the Igbo-Ukwu. In the novel the roped pots represent Richard’s fascination with Nigeria and also his genuine love of its people and culture, unlike the racism of his other white counterparts. When Richard tries to explain his love of Igbo-Ukwu art to his fellow English expatriates, they assume that he just wants to exploit it for money.
Roped Pots Quotes in Half of a Yellow Sun
The Half of a Yellow Sun quotes below all refer to the symbol of Roped Pots. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Anchor Books edition of Half of a Yellow Sun published in 2006.).
Part 4, Chapter 33 Quotes
Richard showed them Kainene’s picture. Sometimes, in his rush, he pulled out the picture of the roped pot instead. Nobody had seen her… On the drive back, Richard began to cry.
Roped Pots Symbol Timeline in Half of a Yellow Sun
The timeline below shows where the symbol Roped Pots appears in Half of a Yellow Sun. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 3
...tell racist jokes about them. Richard has a real interest in ancient Igbo-Ukwu art, particularly roped pot s, but the other English people all think he just wants to exploit the art... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 4, Chapter 27
Part 4, Chapter 33