African Calabash Carved Gourd Message to Tanzania Vintage
Vintage West African Carved Calabash handcrafted The calabash is used as a vessel in many ways in Africa and as in all African utilitarian objects, art and representations of the elements of life and the earth are detailed on these living works of art. The revered elephant, parent and child offering and a bird flying with a message to Tanzania are surrounded by tribal markings and symbols on this calabash.
There are visible signs of age and use as well as a patch at the bottom (shown in the photo) that has opened although still firm. The calabash is carved and used as it is found and if it has opened, that area is intricately patched so that it will continue to hold liquid.
The color is richer than I could show in the photograph.
Approximate Dimensions: 14" H X 16" D X 46" Circumference