About this object

Bowl made from half a gourd, decorated with engraved linear motifs and geometric designs on the exterior that appear originally to have been whitened with clay. Rim is dark coloured while un-engraved areas have dark orange patina. Engraved decorations are divided into three sections. Base is described in a circle crisscrossed with wavy and straight hatched lines. Middle section is engraved with repeated contour lines. Top section decorated with crosshatched panels alternating with panels containing circle-within-a-rectangle motifs.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Container
  • Culture
    Nupe
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Western Africa: Nigeria: Northern Nigeria
  • Date made
    1860 before
  • Materials
    Gourd
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From Selim Aga, 1860
  • Collector
    Selim Aga
  • Place collected
    Africa: Western Africa: Nigeria: Northern Nigeria
  • Date collected
    1857 - 1860
  • Measurements
    200 mm x 358 mm x 330 mm
  • Note
    STOCKBOOK: "Bowl Coreea or calabash for fufu and palaver sauce from Rabba. River Niger, W.C. Africa."
    According to David Heathcote (The Arts of the Hausa, 1976 p.96) 'K’warya' is circular calabash in the Hausa language.
  • Related people
    Selim Aga (Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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