Etu Eight Knives Agbada #2


AGB215 – nineteenth century Nigerian indigo chief’s robe with embroidery in the classic eight knives design.

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Nigerian indigo chief’s robe, tailored from narrow 5 cm wide strips in the dark indigo check “etu” pattern, has unusually extensive embroidery. In the torso of the robe the strips are folded lengthways to make half width, thicker, cloth. The embroidery pattern was called “eight knives”, aska takwas, in Hausa. The cloth and embroidery are more likely to be by Nupe or weavers and embroiderers than Yoruba in this case. On this slightly larger than typical example there is some colour run from the indigo apparent on the embroidery and some worn spots. Condition issues are reflected in the price. Age is late C19th.
Measurements 290 cm x 113, 9’6″ x 3’9″

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