lid (containers)

Basket lid made of coiled grasses. The lid is a round, flat disc with some plaited grasses at the centre to form a handle.

Finely made coiled baskets such as this are known in Sierra Leone by their Temne name, shuku blai, and used to contain valuable possessions. They are usually made by women.

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