Jur gourd vessel

Jur gourd vessel
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Accession Number:
[Southern Sudan?] ?El Buheyrat ?Warab Luklun
Cultural Group:
Rumbek Jur
Date Made:
By 1933
Gourd Plant
Hollowed , Dried , Decorated , Pyroengraved Pokerwork
Ht = 85 mm, rim diam = 23 x 22, body diam = 109.5 mm [RTS 16/8/2005].
25.3 g
Local Name:
Other Owners:
Collected by Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton and his wife on 13th May 1933 during a shooting expedition
Field Collector:
Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton & Hannah Powell-Cotton (nee Brayton)
PRM Source:
Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton
Donated 1934
Collected Date:
13th May 1933
Small vessel made from a gourd, with the neck cut off at is base to make a narrow opening on a squat globular body with convex sides and slightly flattened base. The surface is an orange colour (Pantone 7511C). The inside of the mouth has been burnt partially black, and the exterior walls covered with a closely spaced geometric design burnt in using heated blades (Pantone Black 7C). This extends from the edge of the rim to the edge of the base, and consists of 4 groups of vertical lines spaced equally around the body, with each group being made up of 8 lines. This divides the body into quarters, and each has been filled with a similar pattern. At the centre of each is a vertical band made up of from 7 to 9 lines, with an oval cut over the top and bottom of the group. This has been enclosed in a roughly leaf-shaped area, bordered by a series of 3 parallel scalloped lines, then around this, are 5 further sets of scalloped lines that follow the same shape. The vessel is complete and intact, and has a weight of 25.3 grams, height of 85 mm, rim diameter of 23 by 22 mm and body diameter of 109.5 mm.

Collected by Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton and his wife Hannah on 13th May 1933 at Luklun, during a shooting expedition. Luklun would appear to be located in either the El Buheyrat or Warab districts of the southern Sudan. It has the local name
odomo, as was used as a container.

Rachael Sparks 17/8/2005.

Primary Documentation:
Accession Book Entry [p. 248] 1934 [insert] 8 [end insert] - MAJOR P. H. G. POWELL-COTTON , Quex Park, Birchington, E. Kent. Specimens collected by himself & Mrs Cotton, during hunting trips, 1933, viz: [...] [p. 258] - From the JUR tribe, LUKLUN and KORNUK. [...] [insert] 102 [end insert] - Odomo , gourd receptacle, elaborately decorated with poker-work patterns. LUKLUN (2483).

Card Catalogue Entry - There is no further information on the catalogue card [RTS 27/4/2004].

Pitt Rivers Museum label - AFRICA, Sudan, Luklun. JUR tribe. Decorated gourd vessel, local name odomo . Coll. P.H.G. Powell-Cotton (2483) 13th May 1933. 1934.8.102 [plastic coated label, loose with object; RTS 16/8/2005].

Written on object - Odomo , gourd flask. JUR, LUKLUN, E. SUDAN. 8° 11' N., 28° E. d.d. Major Powell-Cotton, 1934 (2483) [RTS 16/8/2005].

Related Documents File
- Typewritten List of "Curios Presented to Dr. Balfour by Major & Mrs. Powell-Cotton. Jur Tribe". This object appears as item 2483: "Small bottle shaped gourd, decoration, native name Odomo , 13/5/33 Luklun, 8.11 N 28 E”. Also contains details of a cine film 'some tribes of the Southern Sudan', taken by Powell-Cotton during this 1933 expedition, copies of which are now in the National Film and Television Archive and the Powell-Cotton Museum in Kent [RTS 14/3/2005].

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