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[Calabash tray]

Medium:
gourd
National Origin:
Maroon
Type:
Tray
Description:
The calabash tree arguably provides the most important artistic medium for the Maroon people. These trees are scattered about the village and usually owned by the Maroon women. Ripe calabash fruit are used to make covered containers, rice mounders, spoons, ladles, bowls, and other house wares. After the calabashes have been halved, the pulp is removed and they are submerged in a vat of boiling water for about thirty minutes. Women then decorate trays like this one while men carve covered containers.
Accession Number:
2006.0014.0013
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The Janina Rubinowitz Collection of Maroon Arts
Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum

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