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bouksa (gourd container with lid)
  • 'Aisha Kuku Juma
  • bouksa (gourd container with lid), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • gourd, plant fiber, leather, coiling, weaving
  • Object Height/Diameter: 26 x 19 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 10 1/4 x 7 1/2 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1400.a,b

The container (2007.1400.a) is made of a gourd with a neck of coiled plant fiber. There are two bands of twisted leather or attachments for strips of leather to be loosely woven across the body of the gourd. There is a small amount of leather weaving on the rim. The coiled lid (2007.1400.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.