|Artifact Identification||Calabash Bowl (1970.02.0003A)|
|Dimension 1 (Diameter)||33.0 cm|
|Dimension 2 (Height)||8.3 cm|
|Dimension 3 (Depth)||1.0 cm|
|Measuring Remarks||The depth is the thickness of the bowl wall.|
|Manufacturing Processes||Carved, Painting|
|Munsell Color Information||Light Yellowish Brown (10 Y R 6/4) -ns|
"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."
See Guide to Nigerian Museum. P. 46.