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kanga

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af2002,09.12

  • Description

    A rectangular machine-printed white cotton cloth, kanga, with a continuous patterned border of black and white and green and black footballs on a yellow background, enclosing a central design of a football stadium and cups in yellow, black and green. Just above the centre of the lower border is an inscription in Kiswahili: MCHEZA KWAO HUTUZWA - "The one who plays at home is rewarded".

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  • Date

    • 2002
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 167 centimetres
    • Width: 112 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Roman
      • Inscription Language

        Kiswahili
      • Inscription Content

        MCHEZA KWAO HUTUZWA
      • Inscription Translation

        The one who plays at home is rewarded
      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Content

        URAFIKI TANZANIA PRINTED KHANGA FTC DES NO 353
  • Curator's comments

    kangas are printed and purchased in pairs, then cut into single cloths before wear. The inscription on this kanga is clearly a warning by a wife to her husband not to 'play away'.

  • Location

    G25/dc9

  • Condition

    good

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2002

  • Acquisition notes

    Bought in the factory shop of the Urafiki Textile Company, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af2002,09.12

A rectangular machine-printed white cotton cloth, kanga, with a continuous patterned border of black and white and green and black footballs on a yellow background, enclosing a central design of a football stadium and cups in yellow, black and green. Just above the centre of the lower border is an inscription in Kiswahili: MCHEZA KWAO HUTUZWA - "The one who plays at home is rewarded".

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