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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
  • plant fiber, string, coiling, dyeing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 3 x 15.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 1 3/16 x 6 1/8 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.036

Slightly concave round mat or cover coiled from plant fiber and wrapped in dyed string. The outer rim is wrapped in black string and the rest of the mat is covered in diagonal bands of black, yellow, blue, red, green and white. In the center of the convex side there is a large tuft of strings in the same colors. There is a small loop of black thread on the rim for hanging.