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bouksa (gourd container with lid)
  • Fatna Musa Mohamed
  • bouksa (gourd container with lid), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: near Kadugli, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • gourd, plant fiber, leather, weaving, coiling
  • Object Height/Diameter: 21 x 15.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 8 1/4 x 6 1/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1398.a,b

The container is made of a gourd with a coiled neck (2007.1398.a). Leather strips are stretched across the gourd to form a band of "V"'s, and a twisted leather handle attaches at the top strip of leather. A small coiled lid (2007.1398.b) sits into the neck.

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.