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shagaga (palm leaf cutter)
  • unknown Hawazma maker
  • shagaga (palm leaf cutter), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • iron, incising
  • Object Length/Width: 18.5 x 1.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 7 1/4 x 9/16 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0374

This is a small iron utensil with a flat stem between two blades. One side of the stem has incised lines in a cross with "V's."

It was used to split palm leaves for mats. This would be used to take the thin parts of the palm fronds and split them into small strips for weaving. This kind of work would have been done by women. Women also harvest the palm fronds, which are the short low ones.