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shebeka (fringed bowl holder)
  • Hawazma peoples
  • shebeka (fringed bowl holder), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kielak, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • goat skin, plastic, pigment, weaving
  • Object Length/Width: 116 x 28 cm
    Object Length/Width: 45 5/8 x 11 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5177

The strips of goat skin are woven into flat strips. Groups of three woven strips are arranged in a woven-like pattern design to hold bowls. Yellow plastic strips are woven and braided (in different segments) and strung through the ends of the woven leather strips to act as a drawstring.
Two clusters of goat skin tassels with very long fringe are attached at the adjacent ends of the woven goat skin strips. The ends of the fringe are colored red.

It was used as a holder for bowls and was hung in the house or on bulls for decoration. Usually it was used to hold the enamel bowls that were used around the house. Hanging them was a way of keeping them off the floor when the house didn't have shelves and when traveling it would keep them together.