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mshabaka (decorated bottle)
  • unknown Hawazma maker
  • mshabaka (decorated bottle), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kadugli, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • glass, leather, ostrich feathers, wire, paper, weaving
  • Object Length/Width: 142 x 21 cm
    Object Length/Width: 55 7/8 x 8 1/4 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1394

The brown glass bottle is decorated with two bands of blue wire and a net-like decoration of green wire. Very long leather fringe attaches on either side of a green woven wire handle. Four braided leather cords divide into eight and the ends hang loosely. There is paper wrapped around the quills of black ostrich feathers that act as a stopper.

It was used for storing semin (clarified butter). It was likely made by the woman who would have used it in the household. The fringes and wrapping are decorative.