This is a Vintage African Cowrie Shell Container from the Borona People who belong to the Oromo group in Ethiopia. Ech specific container made by women has a purpose. The materials used to make this container is mostly fibers and woo with cowrie shells. The women use a coil technique from the base. Strands of fibers are bunched together and wrapped at regular intervals with either one or two other fibers. The containers woven by women only, have both a utilitarian and a ritualistic purpose. They represent abundance and fertility and traditionally they cannot be sold, only traded or given as gifts. A wonderful addition to your home or collection.
Late 20th- Century
Shows some age, discoloration, but overall in good condition.
12 Inches Tall 11 Inches with Handle
5 x 5 Inches Middle
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