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storage basket for beans or sorghum
  • Sudan
  • storage basket for beans or sorghum, 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: El Fasher, Northern Darfur, Sudan
  • plant fiber, cow or goat hide, camel dung?, paint, weaving
  • Object Height/Diameter: 23 x 38 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 9 1/16 x 14 15/16 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1396
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Description

The round woven basket is sealed with camel dung (or possibly a different kind of dung) on the interior surface. The rim, foot, and a secondary ring are wrapped in hide. There is a ring of stacked triangles around the body. Four points of a diamond occupy the negative space between triangles, except for one stylized design.

It was used to store beans or sorghum. The sellers of the basket indicated that the function of the dung would have been to keep pests out of the food stored in the basket. The paint appears to be made from natural pigments.