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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, plant fiber, dyeing, coiling
  • Object Height/Diameter: 2 x 31 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 3/4 x 12 3/16 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0288

This is a round coiled lid with a cross start. It has a loop on one edge for hanging. The circle in the center is half orange and half purple bounded by a green band. The next band of decoration has checkerboards in three colorations: natural/dark blue, orange/purple, and orange/green. Bands of green, orange, then purple continues to the edge.

This is a Southern Kodofan 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.