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covered nkgwana (beer fermenting container) with “Ribs of the Giraffe” motif
  • Yeye peoples
    Mbukushu peoples
  • covered nkgwana (beer fermenting container) with “Ribs of the Giraffe” motif, circa 1970s
  • Where object was made: Ngamiland, Botswana
  • mokolwane palm fiber, coiling, dyeing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 44 x 36 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 17 5/16 x 14 3/16 in
  • Gift of Charles and Sandra Bussing
  • Not on display
  • 2013.0027.a,b

Coiled basket with lid, made from dyed mokolwane palm fiber. The base is very small and the basket tapers out to a very wide shoulder, then constricts to a small opening with a short neck. The lid has a small interior rim and the exterior top is a flat coiled disc with a small knob in the center. The lid and the field of the basket are dyed a light purple color, using natural pigments. The basket is decorated with a design of four slender lines of light tan, natural colored fibers and light brown dyed fibers that start at the base of the basket, have a slight s-curve near the bottom, then curve around the side of the basket and up to the opening. This design is identified as the "Ribs of the Giraffe" motif. About one third of the distance from the bottom of the basket there are four small rectangles of light tan natural fibers and light brown dyed fibers, interspersed between each of the four lines. The lid is dyed purple but otherwise undecorated.