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World Cultures ➔ Calabash

Calabashes are a type of bowl created from hollowed-out and dried gourds with intricate designs chiseled on the exterior. They are often created and designed by women and used for various purposes such as storing food. This specific calabash features repeating geometric designs using straight lines and arcs. 

This calabash is part of a collection donated by the Musee De La Civilisation which documents the culture and lifestyle of 4 tribes: the Sami, Tuareg, Wodaabe, and Kazahk. It was collected around 1991 by tribe members and Francois Tremblay, then imported to the Musee De La Civilisation in Quebec where it was cataloged and put on display in "Nomads". The artifacts were later offered to any museum that would pay for shipping and were subsequently donated to the GRPM. 
circa 1991
6.4" h
Current Location Status:
Education Program
Collection Tier:
Tier 3
Gift of Quebec, Canada The Musee De La Civilisation
Discovery Kit: Foodways (October 25 2019)
Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.    
Related Entity:
Musee de la Civilisation (donor)