Exceptional C19th Nupe Robe


Exceptionally fine example of this  classic Nigerian robe tradition.

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AGB131. Exceptionally fine example of this  classic Nigerian robe tradition.  Superb nineteenth century robe, probably the work of a Nupe embroiderer in Bida in central Nigeria, with particularly fine embroidery in the classic “eight knives” design. The exquisite hand embroidery is in beige silk outlined with a narrow line of white silk, the remainder in hand spun cotton, executed on a fine indigo check hand spun cotton ground in the prestigious “etu” or “guineafowl” pattern, hand tailored throughout. Along with magenta silk and beige local wild silk sanyan, this indigo dyed “etu” formed a triumvirate of highly prestige cloths in C19th and C20th Nigeria and wearing a robe of this style and quality both signified and reinforced the wearer’s public standing. This beautiful robe is in excellent condition.

Measurements: 105 inches x 53, 266cm x 134

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