oil container (cosmetic container)

An oil or grease container made from a narrow, curved gourd. It has an opening at the narrow end and is covered with a net or harness of natural fibre. To the top of this, a twisted fibre handle has been attached. The outside of the gourd has a dark coating, parts of which have come away. The whole object has a strong smokey smell.

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