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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: 2.5 x 20 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 1 x 7 7/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0293

This round coiled lid is for a food bowl. It has a coil start with a very small purple circle in the center. The decorated band is divided roughly into quadrants: two have wedges of purple and natural color, the other two have wedges of green and orange. Then there is a band of green, natural color, and purple.

It 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.