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woven basketry food cover or mat
  • unknown Hausa-Fulani maker
  • woven basketry food cover or mat, 1979
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • plastic, mirror, yarn, paper, weaving, dyeing, printing
  • Object Length/Width: 24.5 x 22.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 9 5/8 x 8 7/8 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.033

Flat round mat or cover woven from thin tubes of plastic. The center has a mirror in the center and on the back of the mirror is a paper printed with a design of blue and yellow birds, identified as parakeets. Around the mirror are woven bands of green, red, and black plastic tubes. The next row is an openwork band of light blue triangles with tufts of yarn where the blue triangles meet the inner band below. The tufts of yarn are green, red, blue, orange, and pink. Outside of that row is another band of woven black plastic, followed by a row of red, with yarn tufts in red, green, orange, and blue.