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decorative carved gourd
  • unknown Hausa-Fulani maker
  • decorative carved gourd, 2001
  • Where object was made: Kano, Nigeria
  • gourd, paint, string, carving
  • Object Height/Diameter: 4 x 22 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 1 9/16 x 8 11/16 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.008

Decorative plate or shallow bowl made from a dried gourd. The plate is slightly convex and the convex side is carved in low relief and painted. The plate is carved with a large red heart in the center, and behind the heart is a blue bird holding a white envelope in its mouth, and holding a black branch with green leaves in its feet. At the top of the plate there is a hole drilled through and a piece of white plastic string is looped through it for hanging on the wall as decoration.