Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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isiketho (beer skimmer)
  • unknown Ndebele maker
  • isiketho (beer skimmer), late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • plant fiber, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 25.5 x 4.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 10 1/16 x 1 3/4 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0242

This is a spoon-shaped strainer of woven plant fibers. The bowl is woven together with dark plant fibers, and there is an oval segment on the handle adjacent to the bowl, which is also woven together with dark fibers. The handle is woven from many strands, possibly twelve. The loop at the end of the handle is wrapped in grass.