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Exhibition - Shapely Vessels: Gourds From Around the World

Presented by Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens at Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, Winter Park FL

May 05 2015
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Aug 09 2015
Exhibition - Shapely Vessels: Gourds From Around the World

Prized for their infinite uses and immediately recognizable by their voluptuous forms, gourds are one of mankind’s earliest domesticated plants. Embellished and utilized by humans for centuries, this staggering collection of gourds from cultures throughout the world is truly nature’s works of art. Feminine and masculine at the same time, exaggerated and elongated, carved or left whole in the glory of their elegant silhouette; the variety of shapes and sizes of the humble gourd are simply staggering.  Explore their ancient roots and fascinating links to early civilizations. What were their many uses and how did ancient gourds transition to become many of our modern household objects and musical instruments of today? Likely one of the earliest domesticated plants, gourds have been discovered in archaeological sites dating from as early as 13,000 BC. Gourds also contain deep symbolism in many cultures, for example in Japan where the “Hyotan” gourd is a symbol for safety and good luck. Exhibited gourds will include artworks and statues, musical instruments, teas cups, snuff containers, and the iconic Calabash gourd pipe used in the movies by literary character Sherlock Holmes. There will be gourds from Native Americas, Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia. This extensive collection is on loan from Orlando resident and self-proclaimed “Gourd Guru” or “Calabashologist,” Mr. Raymond Konan. In conjunction with this exhibit, The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens is proud to feature live gourd specimens growing in our garden for visitors to see these natural wonders growing. So much more than a food source or a “crop,” be prepared to be enchanted by the sculptural and practical gourd!           

ADMISSION INFO

Our current exhibit is included with regular Museum admission:
Adults (18?–?59): $5
Seniors (60+): $4
Stu­dents (age 12 through col­lege): $3
Admis­sion is free for mem­bers and chil­dren age 12 and under.

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633 Osceola Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

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