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hela (cooking pot with lid)
  • Hawazma peoples
  • hela (cooking pot with lid), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: near Kadugli, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • aluminum
  • Object Height/Diameter: 15 x 25 cm height includes lid
    Object Height/Diameter: 5 7/8 x 9 13/16 in height includes lid
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1252.a,b

This is a round cooking pot (2007.1252.a) with a lid (2007.1252.b). It was originally silver colored, but the exterior surface of the pot is blackened. The lid, with a depression in the center top, is still mostly silver colored.

It was used for cooking mulah (sauce) or heating milk.