Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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food cover
  • unknown Nubian maker
  • food cover, 1900s
  • Where object was made: Kenya
  • plant fiber, yarn, coiling, dyeing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 18 x 37.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 7 1/16 x 14 3/4 in
  • Gift of Jill Zinn
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0123

A conical coiled basket with a tuft of red and white yarn at the point. The bands of decoration are too faded to easily distinguish on the outside of the container. The inner surface shows a band of purple, with natural colored diamonds, and a second possibly green band with diamonds filled with purple and green quadrants. There are two bands of colors in no particular design: red, purple, yellow, and green. The three segments of unfaded red wrapping on the rim may be later repairs.