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tabac (food cover)
  • Hawazma peoples
  • tabac (food cover), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kadugli, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • grass, palm leaf fiber, dyeing, coiling
  • Object Height/Diameter: 4 x 58 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 1 9/16 x 22 13/16 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0297

This is a large coiled, slightly raised circular lid for a food bowl. The coil start is a large dark blue circle in the center. The next band of decoration has alternating blocks of purple and orange, with diamonds in green, purple, orange, and natural on the left side of each purple block. Bands of green, natural, and dark blue continue to the edge.

The decorative tabac were more often used as food covers, but the undecorated ones were more often used as trays. The could also be used for winnowing, serving, etc.