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The Borana society is build around the maintenance of cattle, which are their prime source of sustenance. Milk and yogurt also are staples of the Borana diet. Many Borana folktales and songs illustrate their affection for cattle, and the possession of large herds is considered a sign of one's economic status. 

Milk containers are vital objects in a culture where raising cattle is of central importance. This partially woven milk container (called "gorfa") is made of plant reed and calabash. The container's symbolic meaning stems from its structure, in Borana society, weaving is associated with fertility. The lower part of the container are covered with animal skin.

Boran Milk Vessel Gorfa

  • Origin: Ethiopia | Kenya Region

    Material: Wood | Leather | Grass

    Size: 8" W x 10" L

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