raffia basketry, black and white
Place of Production
Uganda, End of the 20th Century
Number of pieces
This is a bowl used in daily life to serve traditional food, such as millet bread or semolina. The lid is used to keep the food warm. It is made of rings of banana leaf vines covered with raffia fibres. The technique for producing the bowl has evolved in time. It was originally made with a pin known as mutunga (Congo). Nowadays, needles are used instead. Apart from serving food, it is also used for storage, decoration, rituals like blessing for birth of twins, or as a respect for important guests. These bowls are also exported as a work of traditional art and craft.