This is a vintage Warega Ritual Round Cowrie Shell Gourd Box from Kenya. This gourd is grown, cut and decorated with the cowrie shells that are secured on the gourd by using mud. The cowrie shell has many uses and meanings. It has shown up in the form of money, jewelry, and religious accessories in almost every part of the world. Spiritually, according to African legend, if you are attracted to cowrie shells you could be family to an ocean spirit of wealth and earth. It also represents Goddess protection which is very powerful and connected with the strength of the ocean. Throughout Africa, and South and North America, the cowrie symbolized the power of destiny and prosperity. This is a wonderful and unique cowrie shell gourd ritual box that would be wonderful in your home or to add to your collection.
Shows some age, small chip on front lid, but overall in good condition.
4 1/2" round
4 1/2" deep
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