Maasai / Kenyan blood / milk beaded gourd Kibuyu


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These kibuyu are traditionally made by the Maasai from gourds or calabashes and are used to hold blood and /or milk from the cattle which are the main protein and calorie source for the tribe. This one is nicely decorated with beadwork and cowries on the leather straps and also on the lid which is a tight fit.

This example has also been roughly engraved, probably using a hot wire and now bears the message "Lynette, We Kobujoi Mission Hospital appreciate you" and also has a large stylised flower on each side, again crafted using heat. Unfortunately I don't know the story behind the message but Kobujoi is in the Rift Valley in Kenya.

This is a large example of these gourds measuring 48cm long.


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