|Igbo kola nut container from Nigeria|
People share and eat the kola nuts during rituals and on ceremonial occasions. One never enters a house without receiving a drink and a kola nut as a sign of the occupant's hospitality, and the serving trays are important in this context. Carved in hardened blackened wood, they vary in execution and motif depending on the means and taste of the owners who commission them. Many elaborate bowls (okwa oji) share the same design: a flat circular tray often with delicate incised patterns around the rim, for the nuts and a central hollow space for sauces and spices.
Lit.: Material Journeys - Collecting African Art and Oceanic Art, 1945-2000 - Page 128