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Calabash Bowl w/Shells

Mali Hot Knife Calabash bowl with shells.

Calabash Bowls One of the most artistic handicrafts found in Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Mali are the calabash bowls made from large gourds, which grow on the ground like pumpkins, or on calabash trees. The water tight gourd is used as a container for carrying water from a well to the village, for domestic use in the kitchen for storing grains or water, or for the market days when a woman fills her bowl with market products, balancing the bowl on her head with dignified grace, in order to free her hands for other tasks.

15" diameter x 8" tall