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textile / cloth

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  • Description

    Cloth; made of raffia palm fibre. Decorated in cut-pile embroidery in natural and black-dyed raffia with image of leaping leopard and a proverbial phrase in French. Fringed on all sides.

  • Date

    • 1970s-1990
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 63 centimetres
    • Width: 68 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        Top right-hand corner and bottom left-hand corner
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        La Pead Du Leopard Est Belle Mais. L'Interieur ce'st la Guerre
      • Inscription Translation

        A leopard cannot change it's spots, inside it remains the same.
  • Curator's comments

    This cloth dates to the time of the dictatorship of Mobutu Sese Seko in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He actively promoted an association between himself and leopards. This fact supports the interpretation that the proverb and imagery depicted on this cloth alludes to opposition to his Presidency.


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    There is a small discloured patch on the fringe and surrounding area at the bottom left-hand edge of the cloth, otherwise good.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


A fringed square of woven cut pile raffia cloth with a full length image of a leaping leopard and a proverbial phrase in French.

A fringed square of woven cut pile raffia cloth with a full length image of a leaping leopard and a proverbial phrase in French.

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