Creation of Play Sculpture using Gourd Fruit Form

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The gourd fruit (Calabash) is a cultural symbol in Nigeria It is also a decorative item, local musical instrument and even used as kitchen utensil. The gourd fruit form might have been used as a public sculpture to either reflect or symbolize some cultures in Nigeria, but not as yet considered to equally serve as a play sculpture. Cultural objects of this kind are rear items to young Nigerians especially in the urban areas in Nigeria.Not many people are familiar with it. They are rather more familiar with the foreign objects they see around them, particularly in their school playgrounds where they play. Reason could be due to the dependence of foreign play forms or creation of conventional play forms that are not characterized with themes that promote the cultures in Nigeria. As a result, the tendency for the lack of appreciation of Nigeria’s cultural elements or cultural symbols by young Nigerians is likely to become prevalent. The aim of the study is to produce marquette for play sculptures with Nigerian indigenous elements derived from the three gourd fruit form (Shantu, Ludayi and Gora).The objectives are to; (i) produce static play sculptures derived from the gourd fruit form.


Deborah Maikarfi


Deborah Maikarfi was born on 14/10/1979, she had her 1st & 2nd degree from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. She is a specialised in sculpture & is presently a sculpture lecturer in Fine & Applied Arts Department of Kaduna State College of Education Gidan Waya

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LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing


gourd fruit, Calabash, Nigeria, culture, decoration, musical instrument

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ART / General