Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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bules (gourd bottle)
  • unknown Valley Zapotec maker
  • bules (gourd bottle), 1989
  • Where object was made: Ejutla, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Gourd, corncob, plant fiber
  • Object Height/Diameter: 31.5 x 18.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 12 3/8 x 7 1/4 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4862

The bilobate gourd has a flat bottom and a small hole at the top. There is a bundle of yellow plant fiber tied around the gourd in the middle to act as a strap. The small corncob serves as a stopper that no longer comes out of the gourd. It is light brown with a mottled surface.

It was used to carry drinking water.