Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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ostrich egg canteen
  • unknown Shona maker
  • ostrich egg canteen, late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • ostrich egg shell, animal skin
  • Object Height/Diameter: 22.5 x 14 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 8 7/8 x 5 1/2 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2914

The ostrich egg has light colored animal skin stretched over it, and stitched closed. There is a short loop of animal skin at one end near the opening in the egg.