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leather kohl container
  • unknown Hausa-Fulani maker
  • leather kohl container, 1979
  • Where object was made: Kano, Nigeria
  • leather, animal skin, embroidering, dyeing, incising
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 4 x 6.5 x 26.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 1 9/16 x 2 1/2 x 10 3/8 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0229

Kohl container and tethered lid, made of dried skin encased in leather. The body, or pot portion, is bulb-shaped with a tube-shaped opening of dried skin extending from the top. The lid is a tube with one closed end that slides on top of the tube portion of the body. The leather is dyed dark brown, red and medium brown on the body and dark brown and red on the lid. There are white and dark brown leather knots at the base, with a dark brown leather tassel. There is a double strap of light brown leather that extends from the body, feeds through the leather on the lid and extends past the lid, ending in a dark brown leather knot.