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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: 20 x 8 x 4 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 7 7/8 x 3 1/8 x 1 9/16 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.091

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 there is a large set of concentric circles in the center with four lines radiating out from the circle and filled with diagonal lines in a braid pattern. Inside the quadrants there are trapezoid shapes filled with crosshatching. On the handle there are black bands filled with incised lines for texture, interspersed with bands of braid patterns and rectangles of crosshatching. Most of the field is black with areas of light tan showing through in some areas.