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berash (prayer mat)
  • Hawazma peoples
  • berash (prayer mat), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kadugli, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • palm leaf fiber, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 158 x 78 cm
    Object Length/Width: 62 3/16 x 30 11/16 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2784

The rectangular woven mat has a rectangular extension on one short side. The ridges are woven in at regular intervals parallel to the long sides. The mat is a light natural with a dark blue woven border.

The tab at the end points toward Mecca during prayer.