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Cloth wrapper

Asa Olona

African (Nigerian, Yoruba, Ijebu)
mid 19th century

Object Place: Nigeria


Length x width: 215.9 x 162.6 cm (85 x 64 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woven cotton with supplementary weft.

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Woven natural white and indigo ground with supplementary weft of indigo, red and yellow. Stylized motifs include: crocodile, frog, mudfish, elephant, snake, lizard, and a hooked ceremonial staff.


Probably before 1960, purchased in Nigeria and brought to England by an unknown collector. By 2007, purchased at auction in England by Donald Simmonds (b. 1933 – d. 2010), London; 2007, sold by Simmonds to Duncan Clarke, Alfie’s Antique Market, London; 2011, sold by Clarke to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 21, 2011)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Jeremy and Hanne Grantham