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covered setutwane (storage or carrying basket) with “Knees of the Tortoise” motif
  • unknown Yeye maker
    unknown Mbukushu maker
  • covered setutwane (storage or carrying basket) with “Knees of the Tortoise” motif, circa 1970s
  • Where object was made: Ngamiland, Botswana
  • mokolwane palm fiber, coiling, dyeing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 30.5 x 27.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 12 x 10 13/16 in
  • Gift of Charles and Sandra Bussing
  • Not on display
  • 2013.0028.a,b

Basket with lid made from coiled mokolwane palm fibers. The basket has a small base and a globular body, widest at the center. The shoulder tapers up to a short neck and small opening. The lid has a small inner rim and the top is made of a flat disc and a large knob that is wider at the top than at the bottom. The body of the basket has a field of light tan natural colored palm fibers and the design motif is made of light brown and dark brown mokolwane fibers dyed with natural pigments. Starting from the bottom, the design starts with a dark brown base and three large segments that start at the edge of the base. About one quarter of the distance up the side, each segment divides into two parts, creating six segments. Four of those segements then split again, creating 10 segments which extend in a zigzag pattern to the top of the basket. The interior of each segment is light brown and bordered with dark brown. On the top half, between two of the segments is an additional design element of two oblong diamond shapes that are connected at the points and extend from the rim to the center and is dyed light brown. The overall pattern is idenitifed as the "Knees of the Tortoise" motif. The interior rim of the lid is undyed. The flat disc of the lid has a light brown dyed field and there are four triangles of undyed fibers bordered by dark brown fibers equally spaced on the lid. The knob is dyed light brown.