Gourd container with removable figural stopper, Tanzania
wood, gourd, plant fiber, beads
7.5" tall
ex private collection, US

SOLD

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.
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