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bouksa (gourd container with lid)
  • Omlla Musa Mohamed
  • bouksa (gourd container with lid), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Nyala, Southern Darfur, Sudan
  • gourd, plant fiber, leather, coiling, weaving
  • Object Height/Diameter: 27 x 22 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 10 5/8 x 8 5/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1402.a,b

The gourd container (2007.1402.a) has a coiled neck. There is a band of braided leather around the top of the body (which doubles as attachment for a handle of braided leather) and a leather wrapped ring at the base that serves as attachments for loosely woven straps of leather that span the body in a zigzagged pattern. The rim of the neck has leather wrapping. The lid (2007.1402.b) of coiled plant fiber sits into the neck.

It would have been used to store milk, but this container was not yet used.

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.