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bouksa (gourd container with lid)
  • Fatna Hamdan Awad
    active: Sudan
  • bouksa (gourd container with lid), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: near Kadugli, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • gourd, plant fiber, cow hide, weaving
  • Object Height/Diameter: 25 x 15 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 9 13/16 x 5 7/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0954

This light-colored gourd has a neck and lid of woven plant fibers. The handle is twisted hide, which is looped around the gourd under the neck. Strips of hide span the gourd between this loop, and another at the base of the gourd. The darker bands around the lips of the neck and lid are woven strips of hide. The lid is secured to the neck with strips of braided hide.

It was used to store milk. The enzymes from the fermented milk will remain inside the container, so when new milk is added, they act as a starter for the fermentation process. The darker orange color comes from the milk reacting with the surface of the gourd.