Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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lidded container
  • unknown Maasai maker
  • lidded container, late 1800s–1939
  • Where object was made: Kenya
  • bamboo, leather, beading
  • Object Length/Diameter: 21.5 x 5.5 cm length with lid; strap not included
    Object Length/Diameter: 8 7/16 x 2 1/8 in length with lid; strap not included
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3432

The cylindrical container is made from bamboo. The leather end has a wide band at either end. One is removeable as a lid. They are tethered together with one long leather strip. Each leather piece is decorated with bands of colored beads near the seams and at the center of the circles there are beads in blue and white, medium blue, green, red with a large dark blue bead in the center of the circle.