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woven basketry food cover or mat
  • Hausa-Fulani peoples
  • woven basketry food cover or mat, 1980
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • plant fiber, coiling, yarn, dyeing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 2 x 37.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 13/16 x 14 3/4 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.039
Description

Slightly concave round mat or food cover coiled from dyed and plant fibers. The center of the mat is a large purple circle. Around that there are rows of alternating blocks of color in a light blue-green, a dark blue-green, purple, yellow, and dark blue. Around the outside edge there are small tufts of yarn in red and green.
More elaborate than the other food covers that would be purchased in the market.