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Tutsi Wood Vase Container Rwanda Burundi African Art

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Title Tutsi Wood Vase Container Rwanda Burundi African Art
Type of Object Container
Country of Origin Rwanda, Burundi
People Tutsi
Materials Wood, piece of iron or aluminum used to repair the cracks
Approximate Age First half 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 12.25 Inches
Width: 5.25 Inches
Overall Condition Fair to good. Most ofour 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 cracks in body and base, chips in bottom

Additional Information:  This cylindrical container was carved with great skill from wood.  Though simple in  design wooden containers required skill to give shape this symmetrical form.  Among the Tutsi or any of the smaller pastoral groups in Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya and northern Tanzania wooden containers were used to collect milk, hold honey or carry food. As cattle herders milk and the blood of cattle served as drink for nutrition and ritual purposes for man's societies.  Containers either carved from wood or simple gourds were containers that could be easily capped to keep milk or food. Though this cylindrical container is undecorated other examples will have raised designs on the sides or will be engraved with different patterns. Though it is what might be considered to be a craft product, a simple container, it has a sense of design and a kind of utilitarian dignity that makes it a work of art reinforced by the smoothed and softly worn surface.