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'umra (beehive shaped vessel) and lid
  • Hawazma peoples
  • 'umra (beehive shaped vessel) and lid, 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kadugli, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • plant fiber, leather, weaving, coiling, braiding
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 90 x 22 x 15 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 35 3/8 x 8 5/8 x 5 7/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5180.a,b

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

It has a strap of braided leather for a handle.

The lid is made from coiled plant fiber and the rim is wrapped in dark brown plant fibers.

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"