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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, dyeing, coiling
  • Object Height/Diameter: 5 x 50 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 1 15/16 x 19 5/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0286

This is a circular lid with a shallow rise. There is a loop for hanging on one edge. It has coiling with cross start. The center is half orange and half purple in a band of green. The next band of decoration consists of quadrants of purple or orange fields with three triangles per quadrant in purple, orange, green, and natural. Then solid bands of green, orange, purple, natural, and dark blue continue to the edge of the lid.

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.