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todung (food cover)
  • Maranao peoples
  • todung (food cover), late 1800s–1959
  • Where object was made: Lanao del Sur, Philippines
  • plant fiber, velvet, cloth, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 16 x 35 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 6 1/4 x 13 3/4 in
  • Gift of Charles K. Warriner
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3445

The conical food cover has a flat top, constructed from overlapping slats of plant fiber. The top and bottom rims are decorated with blocks of cloth or velvet in dark green, light purple and yellow. The sides and top of the cover are decorated with purple woven plant fiber in a stepped zigzag-like pattern at the top and bottom edges and around the perimeter of the top. There is a purple cross on top with a loop of twisted plant fiber at the center.