Date Made/Found: circa 1995
Material and Medium: leather, plastic
Dimensions: Overall: 480 x 210 x 260mm
Department: Social History
Accession Number: 2009.91
This decorative telephone was bought to Sheffield from Yemen. The body of the telephone is made from a large gourd and it is decorated with leather plates and circles. At the top is a leather jambia knife, which is a traditional Yemeni knife with a curved blade.
The telephone was donated to the city's collections by Najla Mahdi, who remembers that "everyone that came to my house loved it and asked me if I made it myself or bought it from somewhere. It is a common object and normally we would give it as a gift.”
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