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lesolo or shiku (winnowing basket) with “Tears of the Giraffe” and “Ribs of the Giraffe” motifs
  • Yeye peoples
    Mbukushu peoples
  • lesolo or shiku (winnowing basket) with “Tears of the Giraffe” and “Ribs of the Giraffe” motifs, circa 1970s
  • Where object was made: Ngamiland, Botswana
  • mokolwane palm fiber, coiling, dyeing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 10 x 33.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 3 15/16 x 13 3/16 in
  • Gift of Charles and Sandra Bussing
  • Not on display
  • 2013.0029
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Description

Winnowing basket made with coiled mokolwane palm fibers. The basket has a small flat base and the sides flare up and out, creating a wide bowl with straight sides. The field is made from undyed fibers in a light tan color. The design is made from fibers dyed to a dark tan color with natural pigments. In the center of the base there are two stripes that start out very small and spiral around and up the sides of the basket, getting wider as they go. In each of the spaces between the stripes there are three trapezoidal shapes made up of alternating rectangles of dyed and undyed fibers. The outermost coil is dyed light tan. the design pattern is identified as the "Tears of the Giraffe" motif and the "Ribs of the Giraffe" motif.