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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Cotton mola featuring 'sappur sikwi' (bird in jungle) surrounded by leaves; combines 'tas tas' (slit shaped) and 'mare mare' (circular) fillers; line of ric rac at top edge.

  • Ethnic name

  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 41 centimetres
    • Width: 53.5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    "'Sappur Sikwi' (bird in jungle) mola that combines slit-shaped and circular 'tas tas' or 'mare mare' fillers (both Kuna phrases describe the slit/ square/ triangle motifs used to fill blank areas - probably to prevent 'puffing' distortion after washing). Note the use of printed fabrics as inserts under certain areas of the top layer, creating a more complex colour palette." - from notes accompanying mola by Tom Hannaher, who enabled the purchase of the collection.


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition


  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number



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