Douglas Yaney Gallery
Gourd grown by the Kamba people, then bought by the Maasai people and
decorated with beads by the women. Used to hold sour milk, usually
while on the move. The cap is used as a drinking cup. Circa 1950s.
We will not list
all so called "defects", so if this matters to you, please ask about
specific pieces before making a purchase. These pieces have been well
used and therefore may have cracks or other damage that has sometimes been
repaired and sometimes not. The repairs were made in the bush with whatever
was handy, such as strips of aluminum, leather, wire or even colored
plastic, adding more interest to the piece. In our "throw-away society" we
might find it hard to understand why these people would take so much time
and care repairing an object. Unlike us, they didn't have the option of
buying a replacement. It took a long time to create this item from
scratch, so repairs often take less time than making a new one. We can all
learn something from this.