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donkey saddle
  • unknown Hawazma maker
  • donkey saddle, 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: near Kadugli, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • wood, cloth, animal hair, cow hide, plastic
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 30 x 44 x 40 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 11 3/4 x 17 5/16 x 15 3/4 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1140

This is a saddle consisting of two inverted "V" shaped braces attached to two wooden panels by leather strips (so they sit on either side of the animal's back). Cloth cushions, attached with cording, are stuffed with hair and sit inside the wooden saddle. A rope of plastic and cloth twisted together attaches to one of the pointed pieces.

It was placed on a pad on a donkey's back. The leather pad, 2007.1393, or a similar one would be put on top.