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Maasai Gourd with Stand

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Maasai Gourd from Tanzania/Kenya in Calabash, Leather and beadwork.
48 x10 x 10cm
(19 x 4 x 4ins)

Product Description

The Maasai people produce these gourds by hollowing out a fruit from the squash family. A hot corncob is inserted into the hollowed out Calabash and turned round and round. This action causes the inside of the gourd to blacken and it causes the outside of the gourd to obtain a rich ochre patina. It is interesting to contemplate how the Maasai people stitch their gourds together when they crack or break, keeping in mind that there are no ready-made needles available to them and that the gourd is as hard as a dried pumpkin shell. The Maasai use these gourds to contain a mixture of blood which is an important source of sustenance to them. This mixture has also an important role to play in the Maasai people's customs, being used in ceremonies and rituals.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 0.4900
Size (cm) 46 x 10 x 10cms - (18 x 4 x 4ins)
Region Tanzania/Kenya
Material Calabash, Leather and Beadwork.
Society Maasai

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