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Arkilla Kunta: marriage tapestry. The tapestry is composed of four narrow strips of woven sheep's wool hand sewn together selvedge to selvedge. The tapestry consists of a number of decorative bands in light brown, dark brown, brick red, yellow and undyed wool. The bands are decorated with a series of symbolic geometric motifs in brown, yellow, white and dyed turquoise wool as part of the ground weave and in supplementary weft work. The textile is unhemmed.
Length: 329 centimetres (including warp ends)
Width: 138 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The textile is probably an incomplete piece woven in the tradition of the marriage tent-shaped tapestries called arkilla kunta, used by the Wogo people of Niger. The full piece would include one more strip (the bottom one) and on bothe sides more length with motifs.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1995, London, Museum of Mankind (Room 5), 'Display and Modesty'
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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