Container (bata) - 2012.62.33.1_3_3K


Container (bata)

Maker: Unidentified Tuareg artist
Medium:Cow leather, dye
Geography: Africa
Date: 1990s
2.3 x 3.7 cm
Object number: 2012.62.33.1
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust Fund
Not on view

Oval shaped leather box with lid decorated with geometric motifs. These containers, called bata, are used to store incense, makeup, creams or jewelry. These containers are made by female leather workers who cut small pieces of leather, which are then soaked and formed over a single-use clay mold. The motifs on the box are obtained with wax dye resist technique, which is applied after the shaping of the container. This particular box contains a bundle of soft fibre in the bottom.

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