It is most unusual to be able to attribute a domestic item, such as this tankard, to a known carver. The shape of the vessel and the distinctive style of the carving and, in places. He was a noted carver who was active in the colonial Lourenço Marques (now Maputo) in Portuguese East Africa (now Mozambique) in the late 19th century.
Muhlati is best known for his distinctively styled, figural carvings, bowls and tankards, made for men of status as prestige objects. The cup of this tankard matches closely the style and shape of his other bowls and here the cup has been embellished with an extravagant handle. The shape of this beer tankard suggests the influence of European analogue