- Museum number
Cloth; fancy-printed on cotton; purple cloth with cream borders and background cream animal? design; alternating rows of repeating images: 1ST row shield labelled "FACERE VOLUNTATEM TUAM", photo labelled "CATHOLIC BISHOP OF HO DIOCESE MOST REV. F.A.K. LODONU, shield labelled "FACERE VOLUNTATEM TUAM", ovoid with four photos "BISHOP AUGUSTINE HERMAN 1927-1945", "BISHOP ANTHONY KONINGS 1934-1976", "BISHOP JOSEPH GERALD HOLLAND 1950-1953", "HIS HOLINESS POPE BENEDICT XVI"; 2nd row cream box with "EPISCOPAL SEE OF HO" in black; cloth produced by Akosombo Textiles Limited.
- Production date
Length: 273 centimetres
Width: 115 centimetres
- Curator's comments
'Fancy prints are cheaper to produce and buy, but their designs often imitate the wax prints. They are printed on one side only by engraved rollers or printing screens. These cloths often feature photographic images making them a popular choice for commemorating or promoting important social political or cultural events.
Both wax and fancy print cloths are bought at market and given to tailors to make clothes worn by men, women or children.’
‘Missionaries and churches have often used printed cloths, both wax and fancy printed, as a means of communicating with wide audiences in Ghana. Printed cloths are produced to convey religious messages to their followers or to celebrate important national or international religious events, such as anniversaries or a visit by the pope.
Christianity is widely practised, especially in southern Ghana, the churches most notably represented being the Roman Catholic, Methodist and Presbyterian. Recently, Charismatic churches have gained considerable popularity. Islam predominates in the north of the country. A sizable percentage of the population continues to follow indigenous religions.’
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Fieldwork collection made jointly by staff from the University of Ghana (Department of Archaeology) and the British Museum (Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas) in 2006 as part of a collaborative research and exhibition project.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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