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Pyro-engraved gourd

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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...

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

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Anonymous gift

African, Northern Nigeria, 20th century


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

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Africa and Oceania


Decorative arts