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berash (prayer mat)
  • Hawazma peoples
  • berash (prayer mat), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • palm leaf fiber, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 93 x 53 cm
    Object Length/Width: 36 5/8 x 20 7/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3274

The rectangular woven mat has a small rectangular extension at one end. The mat is edged with orange and the extension is edged with purple. There is a wide natural colored stripe with green and orange detail down the center, including the entire extension. There is one black stripe and the remainder is purple and orange stripes. It is ridged at regular intervals where the strips are sewn together.

The tab at the end points toward Mecca during prayer.