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shebeka (fringed bowl holder)
  • unknown Hawazma maker
  • shebeka (fringed bowl holder), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Khartoum, Al Kharţoum, Sudan
  • goat skin, weaving, dyeing, braiding
  • Object Length/Width: 151 x 21 cm
    Object Length/Width: 59 7/16 x 8 1/4 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5182

The strips of goat skin are dyed red-orange and woven into flat strips. Groups of three woven strips are arranged in a woven-like pattern, design to hold bowls. Undyed leather strips are woven and braided (in different segments) and strung through the ends of 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.

It was used to store and hang bowls or cooking pots and was also decorative. It was usually 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.