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'umra (beehive shaped vessel) with lid
  • unknown Hawazma maker
  • 'umra (beehive shaped vessel) with lid, 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Nyala, Southern Darfur, Sudan
  • plant fiber, leather, coiling, weaving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 101 x 25 x 15 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 39 3/4 x 9 13/16 x 5 7/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5179

The cylindrical basket has a tapered and rounded bottom. The basket is light brown. It has a band of vertical leather strips around the top half. There are clusters of long leather fringes on either side. The lid has a recessed dome in the center that is tethered with a leather hinge.

It has a loop of braided leather on one side for a handle.

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"