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  • Description

    A large folded undecorated barkcloth blanket.

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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 180 centimetres
    • Width: 70 centimetres
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1923 (?)

  • Acquisition notes

    Found in Americas collections in 1997 apparently unnumbered and unregistered. Formally registered February 2013. A letter found in a separate box lists this as part of a group of objects removed from the Shepherdess Walk duplicates collection in the early 1980s for possible use as a handling series during the Amazon exhibition at the Museum of Mankind. This group of objects was brought to Franks House but does not appear to have been subsequently used. An attached label suggests this cloth is Colombian in origin and references the barkcloth blankets Am1923,0505.8 & 9 although whether this object was collected with those examples is uncertain.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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A large folded undecorated barkcloth blanket.



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