Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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container with lid
  • unknown Ndebele maker
  • container with lid, late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • wood, staining, carving
  • Object Height/Diameter: 32 x 18 cm height with lid
    Object Height/Diameter: 12 5/8 x 7 1/16 in height with lid
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2762.a,b

The gourd shaped vessel (2007.2762.a) has three rounded legs. The surface is dark brown with a very wide decorative band taking up most of the vessel wall, where the dark brown has been carved away leaving the light natural wood as background for two bands of dark brown ovoid shapes created by nearly adjoining waves. The legs are light colored. The cup-like lid (2007.2762.b) has one band of dark brown ovoids on the recessed light natural field. There is a dark brown rim around the opening and on the top.