Cloth wrapper

Asa Olona

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


Object Place: Nigeria

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

2011.2056

Medium or Technique

Woven cotton with supplementary weft.

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

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.

Provenance

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