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mokhlaya (bag)
  • Kosha Mohamed Bakheir
    active: Sudan
  • mokhlaya (bag), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Nyala, Southern Darfur, Sudan
  • leather
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 37 x 20 x 45 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 14 9/16 x 7 7/8 x 17 11/16 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1395

The rectangular leather bag has a distinctive grain pattern. There are two short braided leather handles and a longer braided leather strap that has been broken. It was probably a shoulder strap. The handles are attached on a band of decorative leather stitching that occupies the top 1/4 of bag. There is a band of horizontal stitching, then zigzags, then another band of horizontal stitching. There is leather fringe where the decorative band crosses the side panels. The top edge of the bag has a leather wrap stitch.

It was used as a general carry-all bag, for the market, etc. It would have been carried on pack animals as well, which has caused the salt precipitates.