Akamba beer gourd


Kenya National Archives

Kenya National Archives
Nairobi, Kenya

The notable design used in calabash carving among the Kamba of Kenya is a set of concentric circles representing Mt Kilimanjaro which the Kamba consider their ancestral home. The figures around the mountain are the ancestral creatures of the tribe. Gourds of this design were found by European explorers in the 1800s.


  • Title: Akamba beer gourd
  • Creator Lifespan: 1800 - 1800
  • Creator Nationality: 1800
  • Creator Gender: 1800
  • Creator Death Place: 1800
  • Creator Birth Place: 1800
  • Date: 1800/2015
  • Location: Kenya
  • 1800: Unknown
  • Type: Gourd
  • Rights: Kenya National Archives

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