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incised gourd bowl
  • unknown Hausa-Fulani maker
  • incised gourd bowl, 1979
  • Where object was made: Kano, Nigeria
  • gourd, incising, burning
  • Object Height/Diameter: 14.5 x 29.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 5 11/16 x 11 5/8 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.013

Bowl made from a dried gourd and decorated with incising and burning on both the interior and exterior. The bottom of the exterior has a diamond shape with concave sides and the inside is decorated with crosshatching, ovals, and dark areas of burning. Around the body of the exterior is a wide band filled with several stylized birds with long necks, thin legs, and large tufts at the tail and head. In the backdrop are long, pointed leaf shapes and vertical pointed ovals in between groups of birds. The rim is decorated with zigzag lines, blocks of vertical lines, and a band of solid, dark brown. The upper rimm has two areas where there are groups of small notches. On the interior of the bowl there is a large abstract shape made up of long, thin, pointed ovals joined by thin, arcing lines and filled in with crosshatching.