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woven fan
  • unknown Hausa-Fulani maker
  • woven fan, 1982
  • Where object was made: Kazaure, Jigawa, Nigeria
  • plant fiber, leather, thread, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 42.5 x 24.5 x 3 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 16 3/4 x 9 5/8 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0220

Fan is made of plant fibers woven in a geometric diamond pattern, in a rectangular shape. These fibers are a natural light brown color, as well as dyed blue-green, purple and yellow. The handle is wrapped in blue-green leather. The fan is edged with a blue-green leather secured with strips of red leather. There are three strips of red leather that extend horizontally from the handle across the fan face. The uppermost surface of this leather was incised and then portions were peeled away, leaving striped and diamond patterns.