This traditional Makonde container consists of two parts - a hollow calabash body, and a wooden stopper. The stopper has been finely carved into the form of a male figure, whose face features a lip adornment and typical fine Makonde scarification markings. Below, strands of leather and early glass white beads have been wrapped around the calabash body of the medicine container. As a result of its use by a traditional healer as an implement, parts of the surface of the wooden stopper exhibit a warm patina where it has been handled.
Estimated Period: Mid-20th Century (Or Before)
H (Incl. Base): 25cm
H (Excl. Base): 23cm
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