Carved Wooden Bowl

A very unusual carving of a lidded wooden bowl fitted into an oblong pedestal. The bowl lid is topped with a bird in relief, and is locked with an imitation padlock. The pedestal has wooden carved bosses around the sides. Bill Hart has suggested that the pedestal may be a later addition, and the bowl is a lone survivor of a much earlier class of ornamented lidded bowls. He suggests that these bowls may have been echoed in the shape of Sapi-Portuguese saltcellars (See Hart 2007, for more information).

Further Information

  • Type: Containers, vessels, Figures, sculpture
  • Object: Carved Wooden Bowl
  • Materials: Wood
  • Culture Group: Mende
  • Dimensions: 490mm x 440mm x 410mm
  • Production Date: Pre 1899
  • Associated Places: Unknown
  • Associated People: Thomas Joshua Alldridge (Collector)
  • Museum: Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
  • Accession Number: BMAG:R3483/125

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