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enamel bowl with lid depicting Murtala Muhammad
  • Hausa-Fulani peoples
  • enamel bowl with lid depicting Murtala Muhammad, 1979
  • Where object was made: Kano, Nigeria
  • metal, enamel
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 17 x 26.5 x 22 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 11/16 x 10 7/16 x 8 11/16 in
  • Gift of Dr. Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • 2012.0165.a,b

Metal bowl and lid covered in white enamel. The bowl has a wide mouth and slightly flared lip. There are two small handles on either side of the bowl and a small handle in the top center of the lid. The lid is convex with a slightly raised circle in the top center and a lip around the outer edge. On both sides of the bowl and on both sides of the lid (for a total of four repeats) there is a rectangular design that has vertical broad stripes in blue, yellow and red, with three circular insets. The center circle has a male figure, identified as Murtala Muhammad, in a 3/4 angle bust portrait. The man has brown skin, short black hair, a thin moustache and wears a military uniform in dark green with red epaulets and a brown sash across the front. On the facing left side next to the central circle is another circle that depicts a large multi-story building with trees or bushes and a red car out front. On the facing right side is another circle that has two horses on either side of a crest in the center with a red bird on top and the words "UNITY AND FAITH" in a yellow band across the bottom. This design is identifed as the seal of the president of Nigeria.