REPLY: Danny Barajas from Welburn Gourd Farm in California wrote: Early in 2000’s we shipped gourds to Fred Link who specialized in African Wildlife and Savanah. You can see this gourds and several others in his Facebook. His website was alinktoafrica.com Frederick A Link, 68, died of heart failure 1/30/11
Here are several other art pieces from Fred
REPLIES: The beaded gourds in the first pictures are typical of the Mexican Huichol gourds where seed beads are embedded in a beeswax type base. Hope this helps. Jody L Boda Ford
The Huichol Indians of Mexico believed that when you put water in the gourd and the gods receive it, they receive your hopes and dreams as well. They used to be decorated with nuts and shells but now seed beads are used. The patterns are significant to their religion—the green is the fox and the flower is the peyote blossom. Mine also have a rabbit. I paid $7-8 each in 1995, and the artist spends about half a day on each one. In their museum is a full size deer that is covered with wax and beads on the OUTSIDE! I also bought one that is egg-shaped and covered on the OUTSIDE with beads. When I asked the artist what the content of the egg was, he picked up a piece of Styrofoam and pointed to it—mine is a Styrofoam egg with beads, not an egg gourd. He did not speak English and I did not speak his language, but he communicated very well!! Karen K. Niemeyer
I have enclosed several pictures of the gourds that I have. The larger gourd is 8 x 4.5 inches and the smaller 6 x 4 inches.They were difficult to photograph as the patina on them results in a small contrast between the carving and the gourd. The painted colors are black for the carving and a red for some of the leaves and parts of the patterns. The carving detail on the necks, tops and floral work between the medallions is almost identical. The finish is a very darkened natural lacquer or a shellac. I have seen this patina on very old wood that was treated with shellac. There is no damage to the carving, finish or gourds.
REPLY: I've just been looking at your wonderful website & it's amazing! Thank you. I think I may be able to help with the identification of one of your gourds. I think the gourd that the owner says is Australian (due to the animal pictured on it) is actually a Boab nut/fruit from the boab or bottle tree. Western Australia has loads & loads of Boab trees & the nuts are often carved & sold to tourists. Hope this helps. Thank you for a wonderful site! Trish Brooks, Australia.
As a gourd lover, I also find Boab nuts very interesting lol if you google carved Boab nuts, there is some amazing artwork! -- Trish Brooks
REPLIES: I been watching your page, and I identificate the 65 years olg gourd piece, is part of an Sitar, from India, the piece is call Lakadi ka Tumba, you can see more details in this wikipedia page: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sitar_parts.jpg -- Adrian Noveliino, Sachaluthiers Ethnic Instruments, Cordoba Argentina
Can anyone identify the artist?
2 1/2 inches. It is hollowed out . This gourd contains shot inside that looks to be used
with a blackpowder rifle. Do you have any information about this concerning the era in
which this could have been used or any information on this particular gourd at all?
There are many of these little
gourds (with shot still inside) at a museum in Edgefield, South Carolina.
The curator is very knowledgeable. I will talk to him about them. More
later, Joanne Crouch SC Gourd Society
I am pretty certain that this is a "hosho", a rhythm instrument from many parts of Africa, but in particular the ones I know about are from Zimbabwe and two would be shaken in prescribed rhythmic patterns as accompaniment to one or more people playing the mbira, which is a type of "thumb piano". This gourd instrument could have been made here in the US if it is indeed shot inside. The ones made in Africa have hota seeds inside. --Whitney Peckman, www.WhitneyPeckman.com
This small GOURD with loose shot resembles a similar one published in a way back issue of THE GOURD in which a very unusual twin shot Gourd pertained to the Marvin Johnson GOURD MUseum in Fuquay Varina NC.(see internet). His example I recall was DECORATED with Initials and date 1821 approximately. My keenest interest as a GOURD artist is this fact that GOURD decorating was done in that era 1821 in our USA and therefore I consider it as a Traditional form of Early American Life CRAFT.Early American Life Traditional Crafts ( magazine) so recognized it in 2006. I seek any info of any early American decorated GOURD in any historical museum or house collection. --Gloria C Joyce, 4x prized AGS Gourd artist: email: email@example.com
it is decorated with what I believe to be copper wire and certainly has some age to it...
any help would be greatly appreciated...
This gourd is 17 inches high and 15 inches wide and has little white dots outlining some areas. Any advice on what indian tribe may have made this?
Cat Gourd Rattle
||Found in a Pennsylvania
second-hand shop; antique, hand-carved, hand-painted; Dimensions: 9 1/2"
x 4 1/2" (head/body section), tapers to 1 1/2" diameter (tail section)
You'll note in the photos there are scraps of newspaper attached. I believe at some point in its history it was wrapped in newspaper, which got wet and adhered. I have not tried to remove it for fear of damaging the painted decoration. There's a small hole on each side.
I'd welcome anyone's feedback on this piece, since I am not familiar with gourd art. I'd like to know where it may have been made, how old it may be, and what it may be worth...or anything other info.