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incised gourd bowl
  • unknown Hausa-Fulani maker
  • incised gourd bowl, 1979
  • Where object was made: Kano, Nigeria
  • gourd, pigment, incising
  • Object Height/Diameter: 20.5 x 39 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 8 1/16 x 15 3/8 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.010

Large bowl made from a dried gourd. The outside of the bowl is decorated with incised lines and filled with dark brown or black pigment. Around the upper edge is a band of crosshatched triangles and below that is a band of vertical lines. The decoration below that is divided into four quadrants by a wide vertical bar made up of rows of diagonal lines. In each quadrant there is a half circle filled with a checkered pattern of squares with crosshatching and dots. Around the outside of the half circle is a band of diagional lines and then a row of crosshatched triangles pointing outward. At the bottom of each circle are five lines radiating downward. The inner three lines each have two x-shapes made of several lines. The outer two lines are zigzagged to the bottom, then have a small cluster of lines at the bottom.