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Commemorative cloth with the portrait of the 38th Oba of Benin Omo n'Oba n'Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Erediauwa I

African, Nigerian


Length x width: 184.2 × 111.8 cm (72 1/2 × 44 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave roller printed

Not On View



“Wax resist” printed cotton with the portrait of the 38th Oba of Benin Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Erediauwa I and dates 1979-2016. Written on selvedge “Guaranteed Veritable Wax 3684”.


By 2016, purchased at a market in Nigeria by Jean Borgatti (Professor of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Benin), Benin City, Nigeria; 2017, sold by Borgatti to Kathryn Gunsch for the MFA. (Accession date: May 24, 2017)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Doris May