Having been used by a Kaguru healer to store medicinal cures for sickness and ailments, this container consists of two parts: a calabash ‘body’, and a carved wooden stopper used for serving the medicines inside. The smooth worn head of the stopper has an unusual crest, glass beaded eyes and large flattened, rounded ears.
Decorating the body of the calabash container are old sections of flower-like attachments, of European origin. As a result of extensive use over time, the surface of both the container and stopper has developed an encrusted and slightly oily patina.
Estimated Period: Mid-20th Century
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