beer pot cover; xirutu; imbenge

A basketry beer pot cover, or 'imbenge', made from telephone wire in white, grey, green, brown, blue, yellow, pink, orange and black.

'Xirutu' (food basket) made out of polychrome plastic-coated telephone wire coiled around a core of vegetal fibre. '"Xirutu" are food baskets mostly made out of a fibre coil of a woody creeper, cocculus hirsutus (Menispermaceae), over which telephone wire is stitched. Previously only natural fibre and dyes were used to make Xirutu baskets' (Africa Media Online, 2009). Comparable basket in the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, object number 1993.9.2, also collected by Tessa Katzenellenbogen. Comparable basket in the British Museum, object number Af1991,09.67.

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