Pyro-engraved gourd

Northern Nigerian
20th century


Object Place: Nigeria

Dimensions

Overall: 20.3 x 38.1 cm (8 x 15 in.)

Accession Number

2009.5357

Medium or Technique

Gourd

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Decorative arts

Hollowed-out gourds serve as receptacles of food and drink, and as storage vessels or carrier-containers throughout Africa. This example, with delicate “fine line” cross-hatching contrasted with the broad bands of deeply engraved lines is a style unique to a number of groups living in the Uba Plains of Nigeria. The interior shows no evidence of use, indicating that this was carved specifically for market.

Provenance

Between the 1980s and 1990s, acquired in Paris by anonymous donors; 2009, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 20, 2010)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift