Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Welcome to the Spencer Collection

bouksa (gourd container with lid)
  • Hadmulla Adam Mohamed
  • bouksa (gourd container with lid), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: near Kadugli, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • gourd, plant fiber, leather, coiling
  • Object Height/Diameter: 29 x 23.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 11 3/8 x 9 1/4 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1399.a,b

The container (2007.1399.a) is made from a gourd with a neck of coiled plant fiber. It has strips of leather loosely woven between a ring of twisted plant fiber and leather. The lid (2007.1399.b) is a piece of gourd with coiled sides that sit into the neck of the container.

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.