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gafas (chicken cage)
  • Hamid Hanai Wanasi
  • gafas (chicken cage), 1984
  • Where object was made: near Kadugli, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • wood, bark plant fiber, leather, cloth, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 42 x 50 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 16 1/2 x 19 5/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2871

The small dome-shaped cage is made of bent sticks with strips of grey-brown bark making the majority of the cage. There are also strips of light natural colored plant fiber, leather and dark blue or purple cloth. There is a round door woven of plant fiber with a wooden frame. The floor of the cage is woven of twisted plant fiber cords and sags a bit.

It was used to transport chickens. They would be free-range when they were at camp. Most households would have a small number of chickens. Eggs and chicken meat were not a common food source among the Hawazma.