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cushion-cover

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc2004,02.7.a

  • Description

    Patchwork cushion cover in the shape of an eight-pointed star. Diamond-shaped patchwork pieces sewn in concentric circles of colour. Design called fei'i (octopus) or star. Back of cushion cover made of two sections of white cotton, buttoned along the middle.

  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 2002-2003
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 107 centimetres
    • Width: 107 Missing value
  • Curator's comments

    After being given the cushion, J.Newell unstitched the loose whip-stitching across the centre of one side of the interior case and emptied the filling of spongy foam pieces, for ease of packing this otherwise large object. She used some of the filling in the bottom of one of the packing cases being sent back to London. A sample has been kept in case it will be of interest in any future reconstruction of the cushion.

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  • Condition

    Very good.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2003

  • Acquisition notes

    Gift from the maker.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc2004,02.7.a

Patchwork cushion cover (pillow case) in the shape of an eight-pointed star. Diamond-shaped patchwork pieces sewn in concentric circles of colour. Design called fei'i (octopus) or star. Back of cushion cover made of two sections of white cotton, buttoned along the middle.

Patchwork cushion cover (pillow case) in the shape of an eight-pointed star. Diamond-shaped patchwork pieces sewn in concentric circles of colour. Design called fei'i (octopus) or star. Back of cushion cover made of two sections of white cotton, buttoned along the middle.

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