Calabashes, or gourds, are the fruits of several varieties of vines. Some are planted, while others grow wild. The many different sizes and distinct shapes of calabash lend themselves to specific use. Many African cultures carve and decorate gourds to be used for everything from musical instruments to food containers to hats to cooking utensils. This spoon exhibits images and designs symbolic to its maker and his/her society. It was decorated using a technique called pyro-engraving where a hot metal tool is used to scorch a design onto the surface.
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