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ibriq (water jug)
  • unknown Hawazma maker
  • ibriq (water jug), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Umm Durmān, Al Kharţoum, Sudan
  • leather, stamping
  • Object Height/Width: 46 x 21.5 cm width at spouts; height does not include handle
    Object Height/Width: 18 1/8 x 8 7/16 in width at spouts; height does not include handle
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1139

This tall leather jug has three projections on top: one is a spout, one looks like a spout but has a small opening, and the middle is for the loop handle. The handle is decorated with a wavy line and a repeated design of a circle with three dots on either side. The body of the jug has stitching descending from the handle attachment and three rows around the bottom.

It was used for washing before meals and prayer, or any other time when someone needed to wash their hands. This was probably made by nomadic camel herders. Leather ibriq would have been an older style of ibriq.