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gafaka (leather bag for a Qur'an)
  • unknown Hausa-Fulani maker
  • gafaka (leather bag for a Qur'an), 1979
  • Where object was made: Kano, Nigeria
  • leather, braiding, dyeing, embroidering
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 54 x 33 x 11 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 21 1/4 x 13 x 4 5/16 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0156.01

Leather bag made of dyed leather with a flap closure and braided shoulder strap. The body of the bag is rectangular, dyed orange on the front, back and bottom, with dark brown sides. The top closes with a flap that is orange with a dark brown strip at the bottom of the flap that is embroidered with white leather strips. At the bottom of the flap is a U-shaped tab that is orange on the edge, then brown, with an orange diamond shape in the center. The edges of the orange parts and the center of the diamond shape are embroidered with thin strips of white leather. Under the flap in the center of the front of the bag is a green half circle trimmed with white embroidery and with three small pieces of orange leather in the center. On either side of the half circle are green triangles that have horizontal and vertical white lines and have a small tassel on the bottom of orange leather strips decorated with black lines. The back of the bag is not decorated. The strap is made of solid pieces of brown leather at the bottom and two parts of braided orange leather at the top. There is a thin strip of orange leather that is attached to the bottom of the flap and wraps around the bag and goes through a small orange loop at the top of the flap closure.