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kanga

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af2003,21.30

  • Description

    A rectangular machine-printed yellow cotton cloth, kanga, with a linear and circular motifs in purple along the border, enclosing a central circular design depicting a diamond ring. The cloth carries an inscription in Kiswahili just above the lower border which reads: MTUMAI CHA NDUGU HUFA MASKINI. The cloth is well worn and has been locally repaired in a number of places.

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  • Date

    • 1950s (?)
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 117 centimetres
    • Length: 146 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Roman
      • Inscription Language

        Kiswahili
      • Inscription Transliteration

        MTUMAI CHA NDUGU HUFA MASIKINI
      • Inscription Comment

        Translation to follow
      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Language

        English
      • Inscription Content

        REGISTERED FOR BIZANJE K.D.U.K.
      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Language

        English
      • Inscription Content

        REGISTERED FOR BIZANJE K.D.U.K.
      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Language

        English
      • Inscription Content

        REGISTERED FOR BIZANJE K.D.U.K.
  • Curator's comments

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

  • Condition

    poor

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2003

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af2003,21.30


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