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gourd scoop
  • unknown Hausa-Fulani maker
  • gourd scoop, 1982
  • Where object was made: Kano, Nigeria
  • gourd, pigment?, carving, incising, burning
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 14 x 12 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 5 1/2 x 4 3/4 x 13/16 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.093

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 burned dots. Inside those bands there is a thin line that runs parallel to the outside bands. In the center there are two crossed lines with dots at the ends. 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 and there is a whitish substance in the carved areas that may be applied pigment or a kind of residue. There are parallel, plain bands at the top and in the center there is a wide band that has a square divided into triangles, and on either side there are blocks of vertical lines.