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lesolo or shiku (winnowing tray) with “Forehead of the Zebra” motif
  • Yeye peoples
    Mbukushu peoples
  • lesolo or shiku (winnowing tray) with “Forehead of the Zebra” motif, circa 1970s
  • Where object was made: Ngamiland, Botswana
  • mokolwane palm fiber, coiling, dyeing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 13 x 43 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 5 1/8 x 16 15/16 in
  • Gift of Charles and Sandra Bussing
  • Not on display
  • 2013.0030
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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 brown color with natural pigments.
In the center of the bottom is a single coil in dark brown. In the bottom half of the basket is a row of five triangles with their points toward the bottom. The triangles are made up of small, alternating rectangles of dyed and undyed fibers. Above that row at the top half of the basket there are five diamond shapes made of the same small, alternating rectangles of dyed and undyed fibers. In between each of the diamond shapes is a chevron with the point facing down. This pattern is created by wrapping fibers over two coils instead of one. The outermost coil of the rim is dark brown. The design pattern is identified as the "Forehead of the Zebra" motif.