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titja or sitja (sisal basket)
  • Nurse Thembeni Mdluli
    active early 2000s
    active: Swaziland
  • titja or sitja (sisal basket), 2009
  • Where object was made: Siphofaneni, Swaziland
  • sisal plant fiber, grass, pigment, coiling
  • Object Height/Diameter: 6 x 20 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 2 3/8 x 7 7/8 in
  • Museum purchase: Peter T. Bohan Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2009.0105

Small coiled basket with a small flat bottom and conical sides. The main field of the basket is dyed red, and the rim is a light, undyed color. On the sides of the basket are four small designs, which are identified as the inhlaba plant, which is a type of aloe. Each design consists of a stem with one leaf on either side.