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Bowl
Date: ca. 1970-1973
Medium: Gourd
Dimensions: 11.9 x 24.2 x 21.8 cm (4 11/16 x 9 1/2 x 8 9/16 in.)
Credit Line: Gift of Ellen Patterson Brown
Geography: Chad
Object Number: 94-2-10
Search Terms:
Female use
fish
Human
Household
Exhibited: Currents: Water in African Art

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



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