Deainal's pyroengraved design for this gourd is innovative in her choice of subject--men fishing--and in her dynamic composition and use of open background rather than a completely pyroengraved surface.
Traditionally a woman would own a series of gourds from small cups to serving pieces to large storage bowls.
Half sphere gourd with pyroengraved design of nine fish and two fishermen.
Ellen Patterson Brown, Chevy Chase, Maryland, collected in Chad, 1971-1973 to 1994
Currents: Water in African Art, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., June 2016-ongoing