Sunday, May 23, 2010

Painted 19th century gourd

Gourd art has a long tradition and is common in the many countries where gourds grow. In the South, it's not unusual to see gourd shells strung up in yards. B.F. Perkins, an artist in Alabama, painted patriotic gourds, which are prized by many collectors of self-taught art. I read on the Internet where gourds originated in Africa, then spread to Asia and the Americas. This antique gourd depicts a caricature of an African-American youth.


  1. Wow, what an incredible form and painting. Is this scene typical of Southern gourds?

  2. I have not seen enough old painted gourds to say, but I would think not. The painting quality seems pretty high for a lowly gourd. This is an image more often seen on a 19th century canvas or board.