If you can supply any information about the gourds pictured below, please e-mail through the AGS website and we will relay details to the owner! 

Any information about this gourd would be appreciated.
REPLY: Danny Barajas from Welburn Gourd Farm in California wrote: Early in 2000’s we shipped gourds to Fred Link who specialized in African Wildlife and Savanah. You can see this gourds and several others in his Facebook. His website was alinktoafrica.com Frederick A Link, 68, died of heart failure 1/30/11

Here are several other art pieces from Fred

This gourd is about 9" tall and you can read 1819 on it.

Any information about this bowl would be appreciated.

Any information about these gourds would be appreciated by the owner.

I have 2 gourd art pieces with a leather tag signed:  C S with 3 small dots along the top/left of the C (At least I think it is: CS ! ) The gourds were purchased at Creative Spirit in Rancho Mirage, CA . More photos are available
REPLY: They were made by Elizabeth A Green, from Creative Spirit Designs!

Any information about this bowl would be appreciated.

REPLIES: The beaded gourds in the first pictures are typical of the Mexican Huichol gourds where seed beads are embedded in a beeswax type base. Hope this helps. Jody L Boda Ford

 The Huichol Indians of Mexico believed that when you put water in the gourd and the gods receive it, they receive your hopes and dreams as well. They used to be decorated with nuts and shells but now seed beads are used. The patterns are significant to their religion—the green is the fox and the flower is the peyote blossom. Mine also have a rabbit. I paid $7-8 each in 1995, and the artist spends about half a day on each one. In their museum is a full size deer that is covered with wax and beads on the OUTSIDE! I also bought one that is egg-shaped and covered on the OUTSIDE with beads. When I asked the artist what the content of the egg was, he picked up a piece of Styrofoam and pointed to it—mine is a Styrofoam egg with beads, not an egg gourd. He did not speak English and I did not speak his language, but he communicated very well!! Karen K. Niemeyer

I have enclosed several pictures of the gourds that I have. The larger gourd is 8 x 4.5 inches and the smaller 6 x 4 inches.They were difficult to photograph as the patina on them results in a small contrast between the carving and the gourd. The painted colors are black for the carving and a red for some of the leaves and parts of the patterns. The carving detail on the necks, tops and floral work between the medallions is almost identical. The finish is a very darkened natural lacquer or a shellac.  I have seen this patina on very old wood that was treated with shellac. There is no damage to the carving, finish or gourds.

I inherited an etched gourd, possibly Australian based on the animal depicted from my Aunt ten years ago.
Any information that you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Any estimate on value and where to sell it?

REPLY:  I've just been looking at your wonderful website & it's amazing! Thank you. I think I may be able to help with the identification of one of your gourds. I think the gourd that the owner says is Australian (due to the animal pictured on it) is actually a Boab nut/fruit from the boab or bottle tree. Western Australia has loads & loads of Boab trees & the nuts are often carved & sold to tourists. Hope this helps. Thank you for a wonderful site! Trish Brooks, Australia.

As a gourd lover, I also find Boab nuts very interesting lol if you google carved Boab nuts, there is some amazing artwork!  -- Trish Brooks

This piece is about 65 years old.  Someone has attached a carved wooden top and
brass screw to it-maybe for a lamp?  Dad said that he got it from an old man that lived down the street
who had been a merchant marine.  The carving is beautiful and the collar looks inlaid?
Can you tell me anything about it?

REPLIES: I been watching your page, and I identificate the 65 years olg gourd piece, is part of an Sitar, from India, the piece is call Lakadi ka Tumba, you can see more details in this wikipedia page: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sitar_parts.jpg -- Adrian Noveliino, Sachaluthiers Ethnic Instruments, Cordoba Argentina

Can anyone identify the artist?

 My Dad gave me a gourd that is about 4 inches tall and has a circumference of about 
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: ashleybertucci@gmail.com

I was recently given this gourd and wondered if you could tell me anything about it...
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 is typical Zulu (South African) wire work frequently found on snuff bottles.  -- Jim Widess,  The Caning Shop -- www.caning.com

      We have some smoking pipes done by the Kuba tribe in Africa that has this type of copper wire work done on them. --
David Wuttke, www.turtlefeathers.com

        I have seen a similarly colored gourd with copper wire inlay on ebay  a while ago. It was advertized as antique Japanese. -- Gita Landwehr, www.gitaland.com

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?

Cheshire 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.

      The Chershire gourd I would conclude is from Ccochas Huancayo Junin Peru.I lived  in Peru for  20 yrs and I am familiar with the style and technique.Google> Mates-Huancayo on images and you will see similar 2010 work.The pyrography is done non electrically with the lighted tip of hardwood on which they blow to get the shading.This cat is also incised with a sharp nail awl. CCochas area has been doing fine Peru GOURDCRAFT from mid 1800's.Many are exported to USA but the very finest  etc, are sold directly to tourists or collectors. -- Gloria C. Joyce