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woven basketry food cover or mat
  • Hausa-Fulani peoples
  • woven basketry food cover or mat, 1979
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • plant fiber, coiling, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 17.5 x 16.5 x 1.3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 6 7/8 x 6 1/2 x 1/2 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.035
Description

Slightly concave round mat coiled from dyed and undyed plant fibers. The center is purple with two blue-green squares of wider plant fibers. The next rows out are thin rows of blue green and light tan, undyed fibers. That is followed by a solid band of black, followed by a thin row of diagonal stripes in purple and undyed light tan. Next is a solid band of black, a thin row of blue-green, a wide band of undyed fibers, another thin row of blue-green, and another thicker band of black. The outer rim is covered in small wrapped loops in alternating blocks of black, undyed, purple, and yellow.