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Milk Jar

Artist/Maker: Hima people (Uganda)

Date: not dated
Medium: wood, tin, cotton and plant fiber
Overall: 8 3/8 x 7 x 6 3/4 in. (21.3 x 17.8 x 17.1 cm)
Classification: Containers
Credit Line: Gift of Charles Jones
Object number: 2009.17.3
DescriptionThe pastoral peoples of Northern Kenya and Uganda are the only groups where women carve wood; elsewhere in Africa, men are the woodcarvers. Milk containers are washed and fumigated daily with smoke and ash from burnt grass. This practice sterilizes the jar and imparts a highly appreciated smoky flavor to the milk.
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