Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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soot (camel whip)
  • unknown Hawazma maker
  • soot (camel whip), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • rhinoceros leather?, leather, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 69 x 50 cm
    Object Length/Width: 27 1/8 x 19 5/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1143

This is a black whip (possibly hide?) with a red leather wrapped handle and wrist loop. The whip is doubled over and tied at the handle.

The black hide is possibly made from rhino hide or from some other very large mammal. The wrapped handle is likely goat leather dyed with aniline dye, and the loop at the end is probably cow leather.