Vintage Kaguru Basket from Tanzania - Small - 7 x 5"
From Tanzania, East Africa, these baskets are used the same way all other similar baskets are used everywhere else in Africa. They are the primary vessel for storage and transportation of grain, fruit, vegetables and any other food items. Baskets of this type are often seen in markets containing food for sale there. The patina on the rims and side of this basket suggests it was handled often. There is residue of some sort on the interior surfaces which proves they were often in use in the way I have described.
After 40 years of traveling in Africa and buying similar African items, we thought we had seen it all. We were very pleasantly surprised to find these exceptional baskets that we had never seen before. In fact, we continue to find items all over Africa, that we had previously never seen. This joy of discovery is one of our greatest motivations to keep exploring. It makes me feel like David Livingston. These are truly amazing baskets.
This basket measures 7 1/8 x 4 3/4" (18 x 12 cm)