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cushion-cover

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af1999,16.17

  • Description

    Cushion-cover?; made of leather; rectangle of burgundy leather for back, sewn to strips of black leather for sides; front beige leather border, centre rectangle black and burgundy strips plaited on beige background, showing black stripe with burgundy circles at centre, black lizard on burgundy background either side; beige fringe around outside edge; one section along long side left open for inserting cushion?.

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  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1970s
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 4 centimetres
    • Width: 54.5 centimetres
    • Depth: 34 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    See Heathcote, David. The Arts of the Hausa. World of Islam Festival Publishing Company Ltd., 1976.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1999

  • Acquisition notes

    Cost for entire collection.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af1999,16.17

Cushion-cover?; made of leather; rectangle of burgundy leather for back, sewn to strips of black leather for sides; front beige leather border, centre rectangle black and burgundy strips plaited on beige background, showing black stripe with burgundy circles at centre, black lizard on burgundy background either side; beige fringe around outside edge; one section along long side left open for inserting cushion?.

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