Kenya National Archive, Nairobi
In West Africa calabash vessels were used for many practical pursposes. Their makers enhanced the beauty of these objects of daily use by decorating their surfaces in different ways. In this example we can see how the gourds curved surface is decorated with abstract motifs of animals and other forms. The lines were incised and darkened to emphasize them.
Research and curation:
1. Martin K. Maitha
2. Magunga Williams Oduor, who runs Kenya's leading digital creative writing space (www.magunga.com)
3. Belva Digital team.
Photography: Bobbypall Photography (http://bobbypallphotography.co.ke/)
Images: Kenya National Archives