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'umra (beehive shaped vessel)
  • Hawazma peoples
  • 'umra (beehive shaped vessel), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kadugli, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • plant fiber, goat skin, weaving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 68 x 21 x 13 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 26 3/4 x 8 1/4 x 5 1/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5178
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Description

The cylindrical container has a rounded bottom. A band of brown goat skin covers most of the top half. It has two clusters of long goat skin fringe. There is a third smaller bundle of leather fringe that is twisted at the top and loose at the bottom. It is dark brown.

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"