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lesolo or shiku (winnowing tray) with animal configuration and “Flight of the Swallows” and “Tail of the Swallow” motifs
  • Yeye peoples
    Mbukushu peoples
  • lesolo or shiku (winnowing tray) with animal configuration and “Flight of the Swallows” and “Tail of the Swallow” motifs, circa 1970s
  • Where object was made: Ngamiland, Botswana
  • mokolwane palm fiber, coiling, dyeing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 11.5 x 33 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 4 1/2 x 13 in
  • Gift of Charles and Sandra Bussing
  • Not on display
  • 2013.0031
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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. The base is slightly convex but undecorated. On the sides of the basket there are two groups of three four-legged animals in dark brown. In between the groups of animals there are clusters of eight dark brown triangles with their points facing down. The points connect to the corners of the triangles below them. The edges of the triangles have a slightly raised border, created by wrapping fibers around two coils instead of one. The design pattern is identified as the "Flight of the Swallows' and "Tail of the Swallows" motifs.