Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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small leather pouch
  • unknown Hawazma maker
  • small leather pouch, 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kadugli, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • leather, vinyl, dyeing, embossing, braiding
  • Object Height/Width: 97 x 12 cm
    Object Height/Width: 38 3/16 x 4 3/4 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0298

The small rectangular leather bag has a flap that slips behind a strap to close. The strap is incised with three triangles and a border. The flap has two concentric squares, the innermost with an "X" in the middle and lines from the corners of the inner square to the outer square. The side seams are stitched in red leather and blue vinyl wraps around all four corners. The back is undecorated. The strap consists of two very long strips of twisted leather on each side, joined at the top with a leather wrapping. The bottom portion of the strap is covered with braided red and natural colored leather. It has a loop of red braided leather about halfway up the braided portion. There is another loop of red braided leather about halfway up the twisted leather portion.

This was used by women like a wallet.