Calabash Bowl


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Basic Information

Artifact Identification Calabash Bowl   (1970.02.0003A)
  1. Materials T&E
  2. :
  3. Food Service T&E
  4. :
  5. Serving Vessels
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Colonial, 1960-1970
Culture Hausa

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Diameter) 33.0 cm
Dimension 2 (Height) 8.3 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 1.0 cm
Weight 259 g
Measuring Remarks The depth is the thickness of the bowl wall.
Materials Plant--Gourd, Pigment
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Painting
Munsell Color Information Light Yellowish Brown (10 Y R 6/4) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

"CARVED CALABASH AND LID: A calabash is a vessel made from a gourd. The shape of the gourd determines not only the shape of the container, but also its purpose. Round gourds are used to make bowls. Oblong gourds when split lengthwise are used to make spoons, ladles, or drinking cups. Traditionally only Hausa women carved and decorated calabashes. In most cases the designs are symbolic and have names. The meaning of the symbols on this calabash is not known."

Description N/A
Comparanda N/A

See Guide to Nigerian Museum. P. 46.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Purchase
Reproduction no
Reproduction Information N/A

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