This is a wonderful Old Carved Wood Milk Container known as Akarum among the Turkana and Samburu tribes that live in the Turkana District of the Rift Valley in Kenya. They look like gourds, but are actually wood. Some jugs, like this one, are decorated with beads and cowrie shells, leather, pigments, buttons, glass trade beads, and old metal zippers. Sometimes these milk jugs have a mild aroma of what it once contained. These containers were treasured, mended when broken, and used for years. The top makes a cup for drinking milk or water. Milk jugs like this play a vital role in these societies. These containers are carried everywhere and is one of the most important elements of their everyday food. The leather cord was attached to jug help carry it easily. They are also used during the initiation of young men when they are called to drink the fresh blood of the cow mixed with milk contained in this kind of jug. These Milk Containers make a wonderful adornment for your home or a great gift for a man or a woman. This Milk Container comes with the African Ring.
10 1/2" x 3" x 17 1/2" Round
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