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tabac (food cover)
  • Hawazma peoples
  • 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 20 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 1 1/8 x 7 7/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0294

This is a round coiled lid for a food bowl. The coil starts with the small purple circle at the center. It is decorated with wedges of purple, natural color, orange, and green. There are also bands of green, light orange, 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.