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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: 4 x 27 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 1 9/16 x 10 5/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0295

This is a round coiled lid to cover a food bowl. The coil starts at the green circle in the middle with a purple border. The innermost decorated band has quadrants of purple and orange with lines of opposite color and natural color at the border. The second band has large blocks of orange or purple, with a triangle of the contrasting color in the middle, and lines of purple, orange, natural color, and some green in between blocks. Then there are bands of purple, light orange, and purple 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.