- Museum number
Carved bowl made of gourd. Surface has dark stain, possibly painted with plant resin to give shiny appearance. Geometric decoration arranged in concentric bands on outside. Metal eyelet inserted on interior at one side with metal loop and twisted wire attached for suspension.
- Production date
- 1914-1918 (circa)
Height: 11.50 centimetres
Width: 18 centimetres
Depth: 17.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Hollowed-out gourds are used as containers throughout sub-Saharan Africa. They are used to store and serve food and drink.
- Not on display
- Fair; two mobile splits through the bowl, numerous gouges and scratches.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Af1997,18.1 to 9 was given by Mrs Sherliker and is recorded as "a small collection acquired by the donor's father-in-law in Naraguta, Nigeria, during World War I.
The donation book records that the gift consisted of "one pair of embroidered trousers, a cotton cap and a tunic, one coat, a wooden bowl and stand, and a raffia bowl with shells."
An earlier gift from Mrs Sherliker of objects collected by her father-in-law (Af1959,01.1 to 13) contains the additional information that he had been in northern Nigeria (Naragauta region) and the Cameroon Grasslands during the First World War.
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