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Maasai Beaded Milk Gourd Container Kenya African Art

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Title Maasai Beaded Milk Gourd Container Kenya African Art
Type of Object Milk Gourd, container
Country of Origin Kenya and Tanzania
People Maasai
Materials gourd, leather, beads.
Approximate Age Mid 20th Century
Dimensions 24 inches Long x 4 inches W.
Overall Condition good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Broken lid.

Additional Information: A Maasai gourd nicely decorated with leather , cowrie shells and beads. Such gourds were used to contain a yoghurty blend of milk and blood, the staple food of the Maasai herdsman. They were treasured, mended when broken, and used for years. The interior would be sterilized by burning. For more information and pictures, see Saitoti's "MAASAI."