Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Welcome to the Spencer Collection

gourd scoop
  • unknown Hausa-Fulani maker
  • gourd scoop, 1982
  • Where object was made: Kano, Nigeria
  • gourd, carving, incising, burning
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 16 x 15 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 6 5/16 x 5 7/8 x 1 3/8 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.092

Scoop made from a piece of dried gourd, rounded at one end and flat on the other, and slightly concave. Identified as having been made from a piece of a broken gourd bowl. The concave side is decorated with burning, creating a dark brown color. The rounded edges are decorated with a wide, plain band of brown and the straight edge is decorated with a wide band of incised and burned crosshatching. Inside those bands there is a thin line that runs parallel to the outside bands. Near the center there are three dots. On the convex side the surface is decorated in low relief, with the light brown surface carved away to reveal the lighter tan color underneath. At the curved side there is a large rectangular piece, above that there are four, thin parallel lines and at the straight edge there is a wide band with vertical lines in varying widths.