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incised gourd bowl
  • unknown Hausa-Fulani maker
  • incised gourd bowl, 1979
  • Where object was made: Kano, Nigeria
  • gourd, pigment?, staining?, incising
  • Object Height/Diameter: 7 x 15 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 2 3/4 x 5 7/8 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.015

Bowl made from a dried gourd and decorated with incising and staining or pigment on the exterior. The interior is undecorated. Around the top of the exterior next to the rim is a wide solid band of dark brown stain or pigment. Below that there are alternating bands of undecorated surface, fine lines filled with stain or pigment and lines of small dots. At the bottom there is a circle divided into four quadrants and inside each quadrant there is a four-pointed shape with concave sides.