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bouksa (gourd container with lid)
  • Zeinab Adei Zumam
  • bouksa (gourd container with lid), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Nyala, Southern Darfur, Sudan
  • gourd, plant fiber, leather, coiling, weaving
  • Object Height/Diameter: 24 x 19.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 9 7/16 x 7 5/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1401.a,b

The gourd container (2007.1401.a) has a neck of coiled plant fiber. The gourd had been cracked in a number of places and "sewn" back together with plant fibers. Thin leather straps are loosely woven between two leather bands. The coiled lid (2007.1401.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.