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leather cushion cover
  • unknown Tuareg maker
  • leather cushion cover, 1982
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • leather, plastic, dyeing, appliqué
  • Object Length/Width: 57 x 49 cm
    Object Length/Width: 22 7/16 x 19 5/16 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.060

Dyed leather cushion cover decorated with appliqued designs and with a black plastic zipper on the back. The back is plain leather dyed yellow. The shape of the pillow is cross shaped but with wide rounded ends. The outer edges are trimmed in thin leather fringes dyed dark pink, yellow and dark blue-green. The front has a dark red field with a four pointed design in blue-green appliqued on top. The design has two arms that are flared out at the end and have a rounded part at the top. The other two arms have a half oval in the center of the arm and a flared square at the end. In between the arms are squares of blue-green leather. Inside all of the appliqued patterns are concentric rings of applique in red, blue-green, black and white. The outer sides have rows of black leather and rows of yellow leather with vertical stripes in red and dark green.