Gurage Injera Platter Bowl

Large and exquisite Gurage Injera platter bowl from an old Belgian private collection.
Tribe: Gurage

Origin: Ethiopia

Approx Age: Mid 20th Century

Materials: Wood

Dimensions cm: 60 wide x 11 high

Ref. Number: 1281


An exquisitely designed huge Gurage Injera platter bowl or tray, the bowl on the underside is decorated with incised markings of Coptic Christian geometric design. The underside of the main lip of the tray/bowl has a lovely patina with has bought out the ruby of the wood, some scuffs and marks due to age and wear.

 Provenance: Ex private Belgian collection.



Injera, sometimes transliterated enjera or taita is a pancake-like bread made out of teff flour. It is traditionally eaten in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia (where it is also called laxoox and canjeero), Yemen, and by the Nuer people of Sudan.

The Gurage people are a Semitic speaking Ethnic Group that live in Southwest Ethiopia. This Carved Bowl is made from the Sholla’ Tree and decorated with a geometric design of the Coptic Christian Motif. The bowl is rich in colour, designs and purpose.This Injera tray-like bowl would be a gift for the woman of the household from her husband. This Bowl has meaning and is used with pride in all Ethiopian households.

Photo opposite of Gurage women at market.

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