Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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communal food bowl
  • unknown Hawazma maker
  • communal food bowl, 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: near Kadugli, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • wood, carving
  • Object Height/Diameter: 16.5 x 41 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 6 1/2 x 16 1/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0782

This large wooden bowl has a rounded bottom and flaring rim. It has incised parallel lines and diamonds on the rim. There is a small projection from one side. The bowl is dark brown.

This is used to serve assida (sorghum mush) with mulah (sauces), usually on special occasions. Several people would eat from one bowl, rather than serve out of one bowl to smaller bowls or individual plates.