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hawiya (pack saddle)
  • Hawazma peoples
  • hawiya (pack saddle), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Al-Ubayyiḍ, Kurdufān (present-day Northern Kordofan), Sudan
  • wood, rawhide
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 49 x 60 x 74 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 19 1/4 x 23 5/8 x 29 1/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2870
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Description

The saddle frame was created by attaching two inverted "V's" of wood with straight pieces of wood tied in place with thin strips of rawhide. The "V's" are both created by tying two separate pieces of legs together with rawhide. All of the wood pieces are roughly cut to the necessary shape.

The camel saddle could be used as a pack saddle, or it could be padded with a cushion or blankets for riding. The narrow shape and high pommels are indicators that this is a camel saddle and the saddle would have sat on top of the hump.