African Milk Container Made Out Of Gourd With Colorful Bead Work. It is made from what I believe is called a snake gourd, but could have another name. It has a sour smell when you open it up.It has a leather shoulder strap made of some type of animal leather and still retains its original end cap. The end cap side is of leather and the top of a disc of dried gourd. This they have enhanced with three circles of beads, orange, dark blue and yellow and in the center a red disc bead. Down the side of the gourd is a strap, with a split at the top so that the cap is able to stay attached and get not lost. .
Half way down the body of the gourd the strap has been attached with sinew thread. There is a beaded design of a cross, with circles of colorful beads in the center that seems to be missing a beaded disc.
The total lenght of this milk container is 24 inches and goes from 2″ at the top to 3.25″ at the bottom
There is an amazing repair done with sinew thread to repair a crack in the body of the gourd, that I believe was to waterproof it.
Here are some other views of this gourd