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shebeka (fringed bowl holder)
  • Hawazma peoples
  • shebeka (fringed bowl holder), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • goat skin, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 96 x 19 cm
    Object Length/Width: 37 3/4 x 7 1/2 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5183

Strips of goat skin are woven into flat strips and secured together into wider strips that are arranged in a woven pattern, designed to hold bowls. Goat skin 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 long fringe are attached at the adjacent ends of the woven goat skin strips and dyed red.

It was used to store and hang bowls but it was also decorative. 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.