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leather cushion
  • unknown Hausa-Fulani maker
  • leather cushion, 1982
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • leather, metal, dyeing, appliqué
  • Object Height/Diameter: 11 x 45 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 4 5/16 x 17 11/16 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.059

Round leather cushion with a metal zipper on the back. The back of the cushion is dyed purple and left undecorated. Around the edges of the cushion is a row of long brown fringes made of thin strips of brown leather. The front has a green dyed circle in the center is a brown leather knot shape, identified as the Knot of the North, edged with white leather. Around the outer edge there are four panels of alternating green and brown leather. The green panels have a quilted pattern and white stitches at the intersections of the lines. The brown panels have a four petaled green flower in the center with white trim and a brown circle in the center.