Antique African Milk Jug, Kenya Carved from a single block of wood by pastoral tribes, who relied on cows for meat and milk. The daily practice of milking was preceded with singing and dancing, along with the milkers holding the wooden pails in front with outstretched arms, whistling to calm the cows.
Tin was used to repair cracks that developed in the wood over time. These repairs were artfully executed similar to the tradition of wabi sabi.
*note marks and wear are inherent qualities of an authentic vintage item and are not damages.
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DIMENSIONS: varying due to hand carving 9.5" H x 5.5" DIA base and 3” DIA at top
CIRCA: Late 19th - Early 20th Century
MATERIALS: Hardwood and Tin
ORIGIN: Kenya, Africa
HISTORY AND FACTS: Kenya was and still is, home to many nomadic pastoralist tribes including the Masaai, Turkana, Pokots, Samburu, and others. These groups may be semi or fully nomadic, with recurrent seasonal migration along traditional routes.