Large Fulani Bowl Vintage, Sub Saharan Region

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Fula or Fulani are nomadic ethnic group, spread over many countries, predominantly in West Africa. The countries in Africa where they are present include Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea, The Gambia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Niger, Togo, the Central African Republic, Ghana, mostly the Sub Saharan region. Because the Fulani are nomadic, they are limited in their possessions - for this reason everything that they own is not only beautiful and highly decorative, but also functional.

Wooden bowls are carved out of African hardwoods, making them durable and multi-functional. They have a beautiful symmetry. Most of the bowls are decoratively carved on the outside with geometrical shapes. Some have intricate, repetitive designs. The bowls would be used for all sorts of purposes. Sometimes cracks or holes in the bowls are repaired with pieces of metal. These repairs are hammered onto the wood and decorated with patterns. The repairs can add to the aesthetic appeal of the bowl.

Size: 16" Diameter x 11" H w stand , without stand height is 10"

This is a vintage piece, see photos for cracks and metal fixings.