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wosada (cushion with long fringe)
  • Hawazma peoples
  • wosada (cushion with long fringe), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kadugli??, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • leather, metal, embroidering, weaving
  • Object Length/Width: 156 x 44 cm
    Object Length/Width: 61 3/8 x 17 5/16 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5175
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Description

The rectangular leather cushion has very long leather fringes on either end. The top of the leather cushion is decorated with embroidery of leather strips around the perimeter, three across the middle and three from the lateral stripe to the end. There are small leather tabs in the seam all the way around and a metal ring near the middle on one long side of the rectangle.

It has four clusters of very long leather fringe. The top of each tassel is woven leather with the ends left loose.

The reverse or bottom of the cushion is undecorated.

The bride's mother would make one of these cushions as part of the gift to the bride at her wedding. The groom's family would give the bride's mother money to make items for the wedding.