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incised gourd bowl
  • Hausa-Fulani peoples
  • incised gourd bowl, 1979
  • Where object was made: Kano, Nigeria
  • gourd, plant fiber, pigment, incising
  • Object Height/Diameter: 19 x 39 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 7 1/2 x 15 3/8 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.012

Large bowl made from a dried gourd and decorated on the exterior with incised patterns. The exterior decorations are made by cutting away the shiny exterior surface of the gourd to reveal the lighter colored surface below. The bottom of the bowl has two triangles pointing inward and two half circles. On the walls of the bowl there are vertical bands of incised lines, separating panels of triangles decorated with dots and horizontal lines. On one side of the bowl there are three panels, the one in the center has an oval shape divided in half with a band of dots and filled with half circles and a border of short zigzag lines. The outer panels have similar designs but the oval shape has concave sides in the center, so the top and bottom flare out from a narrow middle. Along the top edge is a band of alternating blocks of dots and vertical lines. Along the bottom and sides are cracks that have been sewn together with rows of plant fiber stitches. The interior of the bowl is covered in red pigment.