Chief's wrapper

African, Ghana (Asante peoples)
late 20th century

Object Place: Bonwire, Ghana


Overall: 307.3 x 203.2 cm (121 x 80 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Rayon plain weave with supplementary weft patterning (strip woven)

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Chief’s wrapper with black ground and patterned with yellow stepped crosses that form a diamond-shaped lattice. The pattern is called mpauankron, which means “nine-tuft ceremonial haircut” and symbolizes loyalty, service and a sense of democracy and duty. The cloth has two outer borders weft-patterned in red, green and gold. There is a similar strip down the center, making it suitable for wear by a chief.


Purchased from Charles Prince of Peace Kente Enterprise, Bonwire, Ghana by the MFA, April 27, 2005

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Jeremy and Hanne Grantham