This Hima Milk Jug was used for the storage and serving of milk by the Hima, a sub group of the Nkole, who come from Uganda. It has a lid made by fibre and thread, woven in geometric patterns. Sign of indigenous repair, adding to its charm and authentic Read the story..
The Hima sub-group of the Nkole, are said to be the descendants of pastoralists who migrated into the region from the northeast. The Hima used containers like these for the storage of milk. The Hime tribe views their women almost like they view their cattle; an abundance of large healthy cattle as well as a large wife symbolizes prosperity and wealth.
Brides-to-be will live in a separate village in a small hut (fattening hut) where the bride merely eats, drinks and sleeps. containers of whole milk are kept in the hut and the bride-to-be must drink a certain amount of milk each day. The sole purpose of the women to live in these huts is to gain body fat. the women will stay in these huts for months and gain an unhealthy amount of weight.
A beautiful object with an amazing story behind.