This Old Etched Animal Burnished Milk Gourd with comes from the Pokot tribal people of Kenya. Most Pokot art is associated with body ornamentation, including bead work and intricate coiffures and wigs that are worn by young men to signal their membership in a given age-grade. Other forms of art are richly burnished gourds which are milk containers used by women for storage. The Pokot have a very unusual dairy product that has been produced by village communities for generations. This product is a yogurt made of cow’s or goat’s milk, mixed with the ashes of the native cromwo tree. It is still prepared today by fermenting the milk inside dried hollow gourds, then adding the ash to give it an aromatic flavor and its unusual light grey color, and is often eaten together with a thick millet porridge. The Pokot people use gourds to store their milk from goats and cattle. Ash yogurt is produced from raw milk and has a thick but fluid consistency. The milk from cows and goats is not mixed, but processed separately to make two different types of yogurt. The cow's milk yogurt is for men, while the goat's milk yogurt, a product with an intense flavor, recognized for its nutritional value, is for women and children. The flavor varies according to the duration of fermentation. These gourds were treasured and necessary in everyday life. This is an old and beautifully etched milk gourd with animals and tribal symbols and has a burnished patina and gourd cup and a cowhide handle for carrying. This lovely gourd was collected in the field and shows age. It comes with a grass African ring to balance it and allow it to stand upright. This gourd doesn't fit real snug in the ring. Tribal Milk Gourds are so unique and beautiful as home decor or given as a gift to a man or a woman, or to add to your collection.
COMES ON RING
14 1/2" tall
AT BACARA WE STAND BEHIND ALL OF OUR MERCHANDISE. WE CAN PROVIDE REFERENCES FOR ALL ARTIFACTS THAT WE SELL, AS WELL AS DOCUMENTATION TOWARD THEIR AUTHENTICITY. FULL MONEY BACK GUARANTEE WILL BE PROVIDED FOR DISSATISFIED CUSTOMERS. YOUR SATISFACTION IS OUR MAIN GOAL, AND WE THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING AT THE WORLD OF BACARA.
WE OFFER LAYAWAY OPTIONS PLEASE CONTACT US
Customs and import taxes
Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.
Just contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 7 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 1 hours of purchase
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
Please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns are welcome after 3 days, please contact me upon arrival of package, and shipped within 7 days. They must be returned in the same condition that they were purchased in. Shipping is the responsibility of you the buyer. A full refund will be given when the arrives in the same condition as purchased. All international orders will not be refunded if lost, unless the buyer has purchased a signature and or insurance. We assume all responsibility on lost items sold within the United States.