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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.