Water flask

Collection by Murad Khayat

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A Kwere medicine gourd from Tanzania. Here a calabash has been trained with a tight chord around its middle to take an hourglass shape so it can be suspended. The carved wooden stopper, depicting a mother with a baby on her back, identifies the gourd and its medicinal contents while acting as medium with the spirits that oversee the efficacy of the medicine.

A Kwere medicine gourd from Tanzania. Here a calabash has been trained with a tight chord around its middle to take an hourglass shape so it can be suspended. The carved wooden stopper, depicting a mother with a baby on her back, identifies the gourd and its medicinal contents while acting as medium with the spirits that oversee the efficacy of the medicine.

AN IMPERIAL LEATHER PILGRIM'S WATER FLASK (MATARA) WITH THE TUGHRA OF ABDULHAMID II (R.1876-1909), TURKEY, 19TH CENTURY

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