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tabac (food cover)
  • Hadmulla Adam Mohamed
  • tabac (food cover), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • grass, palm leaf fiber, dyeing, coiling
  • Object Height/Diameter: 4 x 46 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 1 9/16 x 18 1/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0296

This is a round coiled lid to cover a food bowl. It has a large dark blue circle in the center. The next band of decoration has blocks of natural, purple, orange, and green. There are diamonds in combinations of the same colors between every other color block. There is a thin band of dark blue, thicker band of orange with four purple trapezoids, a thin dark blue band, a purple band with four orange trapezoids, and a dark blue edge.

It is a Southern Kordofan style decoration. The decorative tabac were more often used as food covers, but the undecorated ones were more often used as trays. They could also be used for winnowing, serving, etc.