|Kwere gourd container with removable figural stopper, Tanzania|
wood, gourd, cloth, animal hair, metal, beads, cloth, oil, pigment
Ex private collection, US
Exhibited in: "Native Arts of the World...At Home in Colorado - The Douglas Society Collects"
Inventory # RT161
Gourds such as this were mainly used as containers for medicines, ointments, pigments, sacred oils and symbolic
substances. Gourds with anthropomorphic stoppers/dippers were sometimes placed on top of a small stool to
serve as an ancestor figure.