The bride at a Somali wedding receives an elaborately beaded lidded basket. It is intended to hold smaill personal objects such as jewelry but at the wedding it holds treats. The groom competes with the male guests to open the basket, although since the basket symbolizes the bride, he always must win.
Lidded cylindrical pedestal basket covered in panels of geometric patterns of red, black and white glass beads. Cowrie shells hang below body of basket. Remains of cloth and beadwork straps. Colored plant fiber chevron patterns visible in the interior.
Dr. Arthur Dintenfass, Ventnor, NJ, 1987
The Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication, 1987 - 2014