sample (natural objects)

Three stems with a number of locust seed pods attached. Many of the pods are broken or are unattached to the stem.

Label: Old exhibition label- Locust bean pods. These are boiled in water to make a varnish called makuba. Pots dipped in it are turned black and become water-tight.

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