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Nakiru and Akure making an atubwa bowl, an ebur oil/fat container and an akaloboch wooden spoon
figureposted on 2023-11-30, 18:56 authored by Samuel DerbyshireSamuel Derbyshire
Nakiru works on an ebur, chipping its outer shape, when she is finished, Akure begins chiselling out its hollow interior. Nakiru then begins work on a large atubwa wooden bowl, used in Asapan ceremonies to contain and mix blood with milk, oil and (in more recent years) sugar. She hews its rough shape with a machete, then she works slowly chipping away its oyter layer. By the end of the day, the form of the atubwa is clear.