Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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drinking gourd
  • unknown Ndebele maker
  • drinking gourd, late 1800s–1996
  • Where object was made: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • gourd
  • Object Length/Width: 27 x 10.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 10 5/8 x 4 1/8 in
  • Gift of Sue Schuessler
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0946

This is a long-necked gourd with a hole in the rounded portion allowing for its use as a cup, with the long end as a handle.

It was used for drinking beer in Ngoma ceremonies.