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thorn carving of a figure holding a gourd bowl
  • unknown Yoruba maker
  • thorn carving of a figure holding a gourd bowl, 1979
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, graphite, carving, incising
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 7.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 2 15/16 x 2 3/16 x 2 3/16 in
  • Gift of Dr. Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • 2012.0163

Small, carved wooden figure assembled from several parts in light and dark brown colored wood. The carving depicts a seated figure who is seated on a light brown base with the proper left leg extended forward and the proper right leg either missing or tucked under the body. He wears a light colored tunic with short sleeves and a cone shaped, light brown hat. In front of the figure is an upside down bowl, identified as depicting a bowl made from a gourd. The bowl is carved from light brown wood and has incised designs of diamonds and triangles carved into it. The outermost surfaces of the bowl are darkened with graphite. In the figure's right hand there is a short piece of light brown wood. The figure is depicted in the act of either carving the designs into the bowl or using the small piece of wood as a drumstick to play the bowl as though it were a drum.