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Maasai Gourd - Kenya ( #0060)

Price: $275.00





"I HOPE YOUR COWS ARE WELL", THIS IS THE GREETING A MAASAI GIVES TO HIS FRIEND WHEN THEY MEET ALONG THE PATH OF THE SAVANNAH. THE MAASAI ARE COMPLETELY DEPENDANT UPON THEIR CATTLE, FOR THEY RECEIVE THEIR DAILY NOURISHMENT FROM THEM - BOTH MILK & BLOOD. MIXED TOGETHER THESE 2 ELEMENTS FORM THE TRADITIONAL DRINK OF THE MAASAI: THE "SAROI". CALABASHES FOR COLLECTING AND STORING MILK & HONEY BEER ARE MADE FROM GOURDS, WHICH ARE CUT FROM THEIR VINES, DRIED, SCOOPED OUT INSIDE, AND DECORATED WITH BEADS, COWRIES AND A LEATHER STRAP.
29.5" x 5" diameter - base 30" x 4" squared.

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