Douglas Yaney Gallery
Pokot / Turkana tribes
medium sized wood bowl used by the Pokot
and Turkana people of northern Kenya. The
bowls are carved by the women using traditional tools and an indigenous
tree. The bowl was used to receive cow's blood that is obtained by
piercing the jugular vein, and then afterward plugging the hole to stop the
bleeding. The cow's blood is mixed with the cow's milk and then
consumed for nourishment. Sometimes
when eating the meat of the cow, it is first dipped into this mixture.
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.