|Title||Ethiopian Lidded Bread Basket Leather Wrap African Art|
|Type of Object||Basket, Container|
|Country of Origin||Ethiopia|
|People||Yoruba or neighbors|
|Approximate Age||20th century|
|Depth (in)||1.75 - 2|
|Overall Condition||Poor. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.|
|Damage/Repair||Broken basket strands, holes in leather, water damage, broken carry strap, adhesive residue on bottom|
An Ethiopian leather Covered bread basket with a gorgeous patina. Baskets such as this are found among the Oromo and other ethnic groups in Ethiopia.. Such coiled grass baskets are called a "lunch basket," painstakingly covered with leather and have removable lids. Leather straps help carry the bowl/basket . This basket was used to carry number of flat, tortilla-like breads, called injera or other foodstuffs during a wedding ceremony or in other circumstances involving the community.
For a similar piece see Marc Ginzberg, 2000, AFRICAN FORMS, p. 112.