Carved from a light wood, these containers are decorated with scorched designs of floral, linear and zigzag patterns. The central container, which has been carved in one piece, is a representation of a European teapot on a stand. Flanking the teapot are two containers, each displaying forms more typically found in this region of Rwanda.
This set of containers probably did not serve a functional purpose, but rather, were commissioned to decorate a traditional Tutsi house. As a set of decorative household containers, they would have been displayed alongside other items such as woven grass baskets, woven matts and screens.
Ex Private Collection, UK
Estimated Period: First Half of 20th Century
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