Gourd Form Carrying Vessel

c. 1900
$288 USD
Make an Offer
H: 9.5" Dia: 6.5"
Natural Material
Purchase Quantity
Collection #
Estimated Shipping

Growing in both temperate and tropical environments, gourds can be found all over Africa, where they have been cultivated since ancient times. With their bulbous forms and thick rinds, gourds, once properly dried, served as lightweight, watertight dippers, jars, bottles and bowls. Outfitted with leather carrying loops, this container may have simply toted water or it may have played a role in religious ceremonies. Because a gourd had once been a living thing, it was often believed to possess powerful forces of life and regeneration, making it a suitable container for ritual libations or balms.

Questions? Ask us

Quality & Authenticity

We mix authentic Asian antiques with modern art & objects. Our standards of excellence bring you the finest materials and techniques. Each object holds its own history, delivering more than just quality—it raises quality of life.

Our Promise

Experience & Expertise

Our 20 years of experience provides a view beyond history and provenance. We are stewards of wondrously beautiful things, we honor Asian and modern ways of life, and we welcome the chance to share this sensibility with you.

Our Quality

Easy Shipping & Returns

We ship worldwide using the best carriers. Our objects are insured for their entire value and delivered safely and securely to your home. We stand behind everything we do. Exchanges and returns are easy.

Our Policy

You’re Invited

Sign up and be the first to know about new arrivals, private events and our favorite projects.