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Bowl, D88.193

Physical Description

"Medium" sized shallow, round, brass bowl. Hammer, chisel, and peck marks suggest bowl is hand made. Bottom of interior of bowl has chiselled in it the letters "AKINAMADUKANO". Likely "Akin Amadu" is name of artist and "Kano" is the location, a large city of Northern Nigeria. Apart from chiselled letters the interior of the bowl is undecorated. Exterior of bowl is decorated with 3 distinct layers of work. The top 1/3 and middle 1/3 have decorations running the circumference. The bottom (1/3) covers the entire bottom. The 3 distinct layers are separated each to the next by a narrow plain/undecorated band running the circumference. The top 1/3 decoration is comprised of 3 loosely intertwined strands running the circumference. The edges of the strands are defined by chisel marks. Spaces are filled with peck marks. The middle 1/3 decoration is comprised of 4 loosely intertwined strands running the cirumference. Spaced evenly around the cirumference within the strands are alternating the traditional knot design, and the 4 (8?) petalled flower pattern. Spaces are filled with peck marks. The bottom 1/3 is the traditional knot design intertwined on its edge with 2 loosely intertwined strands running the circumference. Like the above sections, the knot and strands are defined by chisel marks with the interior spaces filled with peck marks. The bowl sits on a tripod of 3 small brass balls which are riveted through and anchored on the interior floor of the bowl.

Provenance

Donated
Locality

Maker

Maker: Akin Amadu

Measurements

Maximum dimensions (H x W x D): 64.7 x 175 x 175mm

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