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kanga

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af2003,21.18

  • Description

    A rectangular machine-printed white cotton cloth, kanga, with a continuous patterned border of yellow and black floral motifs, enclosing a central red rectangle with repeating motifs of bunches of grapes in white, yellow and black. Just above the centre of the lower border is an inscription in Kiswahili written in the Roman script: DAIMA TUKISIKIZANA BARAKA HUZIDI - "If people listen to each other they will be more blessed".

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  • Date

    • 2003
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 112 centimetres
    • Width: 169 centimetres (one kanga)
    • Width: 332 centimetres (whole cloth)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Roman
      • Inscription Language

        Kiswahili
      • Inscription Content

        DAIMA TUKISIKIZANA BARAKA HUZIDI
      • Inscription Translation

        If people listen to each other they will be more blessed
      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Content

        MALI YA FRANCIS, MOMBASA, KENYA MOUNTEX NANYUKI K.S.327
  • Curator's comments

    kangas are printed and purchased in pairs, then cut into single cloths before wear.

  • Condition

    good

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2003

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af2003,21.18


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