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A Tutsi(?) Wooden Milk Pail and Goblet

Tribe Dynasty

Tutsi?

Country Of Origin

Uganda

Region

Great Lakes of Central Africa

Date

Early 20th century

Size

21.5 x 42 cms (8½ x 16½ ins)

Materials

Wood

Technique

Carved

Condition

Excellent condition

This unusual, large milk pail has a monumental presence. The design is simple but practical, the goblet, turned upside down, serves as its lid. The protruding lip is decorated with a simple zig-zag design in common with many other quotidian objects of the African Great Lakes Region. We are not aware of another similar example.

The tribes of this fertile region were traditionally pastoralists for whom the ownership of cattle was the measure of their wealth and social standing. There are complex customs and taboos associated with cattle and milk production; vessels used for milk were almost always made of wood and young men did the milking

This item must have been collected as new, sometime in the first half of the 20th century. It surfaced in Belgium like so many other artifacts from Central Africa do. It does not have a natural patina; it is has been stained and varnished in the manner of many objects acquired by European colonials.

Price

Price on request

Reference No

2402

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