Length of commemorative fabric

African (Mozambique)
early 21st century

Object Place: Mozambique, Africa


Height x width: 44 x 77 1/2 in. (111.8 x 196.9 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave, printed

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Blue textile with red, blue, and yellow borders with chevron patterning and central motif with large heart enclosing a photograph of President Machel (1933-1986) and his first wife. In yellow printed on the top and bottom of the image are the words: “Samora Moises Machel/Josina Machel,” with Mozambique’s flag and a crest on either side of the heart. Selvedge marked: “MBS NO 12153.”


Before about 2003, purchased in Mozambique by Henrietta Dax, owner of Clarke's Book Store, Cape Town, South Africa; about 2003 or 2004, purchased from Dax by Christraud M. Geary, Medford, MA, at African Studies Association meetings, Boston or New Orleans; gift of Geary to the MFA. (Accession date: February 24, 2010)

Credit Line

Gift of Christraud M. Geary