Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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incised gourd bowl
  • unknown Ndebele maker
  • incised gourd bowl, late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • gourd, incising
  • Object Height/Diameter: 11.5 x 15.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 4 1/2 x 6 1/8 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2905

The reddish-brown globular gourd has two bands of incised decoration near the rim. The top band is thinner, with diamonds of undecorated surface with the negative space filled with crosshatching. The second band is thicker, in a similar pattern though it is not regular. One of the "undecorated" diamonds is decorated with a face. Large areas of black mottled surface obscures some the design.