Hand-carved Mali calabash gourd bowl, authenticated and appraised as an authentic African hand-crafted product, created with a utilitarian purpose. Diameter 10-1/2″.
Calabashes, or gourds, are both useful household objects and items of prestige.
These functional gourds are hollowed out and allowed to dry in the sun. After a time, the gourd’s skin can be carved, painted, and decorated, much like wood.