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covered sesigo (large storage basket) with “shield” motif
  • unknown Yeye maker
    unknown Mbukushu maker
  • covered sesigo (large storage basket) with “shield” motif, circa 1970s
  • Where object was made: Ngamiland, Botswana
  • mokolwane palm fiber, coiling, dyeing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 55 x 39 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 21 5/8 x 15 3/8 in
  • Gift of Charles and Sandra Bussing
  • Not on display
  • 2013.0026.a,b

Tall thin basket with lid, made from coiled mokolwane palm fibers. The basket is wider in the center and tapered at the bottom and opening. The field is a light tan color and the decorative pattern is light brown, made from mokolwane fibers dyed with natural pigments. The design pattern is made of ten vertical bars of connected triangles with the points facing down. this design is identified as the "shield" motif. Most of the vertical bars extend from the base all the way to the top rim, but several bars are slightly shorter and extend from the base to a few inches from the opening. The lid has an interior rim made of natural colored fibers. The top portion is made of a flat disc with a rounded knob in the center. The disc is mostly light brown in color with a four pointed cross in the center made from natural colored fibers. The knob is made of light brown dyed fibers.