Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Hawazma peoples
  • iron, 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • metal, wood, charcoal, wire, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 21 x 9 x 18 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 8 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 7 1/16 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1250

The metal (iron?) iron has a reservoir for hot coals. The iron-shaped basin has two slits on each of the long sides and one on the back. The top surface is hinged at the back and the point has a wire looped to the handle to keep it closed. The wooden handle sits atop an inverted metal semicircle.

It was heated with charcoal inside.

It was probably imported from China or Egypt. Men ironed their own clothing. Sometimes the berash would be used as a surface for ironing.