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'umra (beehive shaped vessel)
  • unknown Hawazma maker
  • 'umra (beehive shaped vessel), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kadugli, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • plant fiber, leather, metal, weaving, coiling
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 124 x 24 x 16 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 48 13/16 x 9 7/16 x 6 1/4 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5181

The cylindrical basket has a rounded bottom. The basket is dark brown. There is a band of vertical leather strips around the top half. There are clusters of long leather fringes on either side. It has light natural triangles below the leather strips on the basket.

There is a strip of braided leather for a handle on one side with a metal ring attachment.

It was used for storing dry goods or other small items and trinkets. It was used for house decorations and decorating the pack animals during travel. The long fringes help to keep the flies away.

Umra translates to "beehive"