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tabac (food cover)
  • unknown Hawazma maker
  • tabac (food cover), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kadugli, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • grass, palm leaf fiber, dyeing, coiling
  • Object Height/Diameter: 3 x 19.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 1 1/8 x 7 5/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0292

This is a round coiled lid for a food bowl. It has a coil start at the purple circle at the center. The decorated band has blocks of orange and purple with lines of purple, natural color, and orange. There are bands of purple and light orange on the edge.

This is a Southern Kordofan style decoration. The decorative tabac were more often used as food covers, but the undecorated ones were more often used as trays. The could also be used for winnowing, serving, etc.