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. 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 to add to your collection.
This container has tribal staple repairs, show age and has chip in the front and cracks, but overall in good condition.
12 1/2" tall
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