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setego or dlitundu (winnowing basket) with “Running Ostrich” motif
  • unknown Yeye maker
    unknown Mbukushu maker
  • setego or dlitundu (winnowing basket) with “Running Ostrich” motif, circa 1970s
  • Where object was made: Ngamiland, Botswana
  • plastic, mokolwane palm fiber?, coiling
  • Object Height/Diameter: 8 x 18 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 3 1/8 x 7 1/16 in
  • Gift of Charles and Sandra Bussing
  • Not on display
  • 2013.0032

Small basketry bowl made from plant fiber bundles (possibly mokolwane palm) coiled with recycled plastic wrapping fibers. The bottom of the basket is very slightly concave with a small square of plant fiber in the center with one red coil surrounding it. From there the sides curve up and out to create a rounded bowl shape. The field is made from pink and tan colored plastic wrapped around plant fiber coils in a very light tan color. The design is woven using strips of green recycled plastic. There are two design elements that are made of three parallel lines which extend horizontally, then drop vertically to a lower section and extend horizontally again, drop once more and extend horizontally, and three vertical lines drop toward the center. At two of the corners of the horizontal lines there is a small cross made with four small rectangles of green surrounding a small rectangle of pink. The outermost coil is made of alternating short segments of pink and green. The design is identified as the "Running Ostrich" motif.