Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Hawazma maker
  • tray, 1975–1984
  • Where object was made: Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan; made in Japan
  • metal, embossing, engraving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 46 x 25.5 x 1.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 18 1/8 x 10 1/16 x 9/16 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0246

This is a silvertone metal serving tray with two handles. The raised edges have embossed curlicues on the long sides and corners. The handles each have two lions and the short sides by the handles depict people and four-legged animals.

The flat portion of the tray is incised with a man riding sidesaddle on a half horse, half dragon/serpent. The man holds a shield with a human head on it, and wears a hat with a feather. A bird with trailing ribbons follows him.

This was used during the dry season, then stored.

The silver trays would have been used for serving guests rather than regular household use.