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animal skin kohl container with four lids
  • unknown Hausa-Fulani maker
  • animal skin kohl container with four lids, 1979
  • Where object was made: Kano, Nigeria
  • animal skin, hide, leather, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: together 7.5 x 4 x 3.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: together 2 15/16 x 1 9/16 x 1 3/8 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0228.a-e

Kohl container (2011.0228.a) and four lids (2011.0228.b-e), all made of dried skin wrapped with strips of fur and leather. The leather is dyed a pale green, while the fur is dyed mostly black, with two strips dyed a light orange-brown. The body, or pot, is shaped like a rounded rectangle, and has four tube-shaped oepnings which extend vertically from the top. The four lids are tubes with one closed end which slides onto the tubes on the body. The lids are entirely wrapped with fur and leather.