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decorated gourd ladle
  • unknown Hausa-Fulani maker
  • decorated gourd ladle, 1982
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • gourd, pigment, carving, incising, burning
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 19.5 x 8 x 4 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 7 11/16 x 3 1/8 x 1 9/16 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.090

Ladle made from a dried gourd cut in half lengthwise and decorated on the outside with incised lines, burning, and black pigment. On the outside of the bowl of the ladle there are two triangle shapes joined together to make a diamond shape. At each point of the diamond there is a set of concentric circles. In between the circle designs there are rectangles and pentagons of crosshatching. On the handle there are bands of solid black with incised lines for texture, interspersed with bands of crosshatched lines. Most of the field is black, with areas of light tan gourd showing through in some areas.