Ritual Calabashes  (for palm wine, milk and other liquids)
Cameroon (left and right sides) and Ethiopia (center) 
20th century
Gourds treated with oil(?), fiber cordage (right) 

left:    11" diameter
center: 18" high 
right:   11" high   SOLD

Palm wine calabashes for communal drinking are an intrinsic part of all ancestral rites, death celebrations and initiation into secret societies.