|Title||Maasai Beaded Milk Gourd Container Kenya African Art|
|Type of Object||Milk Gourd, container|
|Country of Origin||Kenya and Tanzania|
|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.|
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."