Elephants, ducks, crabs, and monkeys are among the finely detailed weft float motifs on this exceptional Ewe chief’s kente cloth woven by a master weaver at the peak of his skill. Among them are several remarkable composite designs combining an animal with plants – in one case an elephant with a bird among bushes. A seated man smokes a large pipe. The use of three or more colours on a single motif such as the flying ducks, is also notable. The cloth has a classic Ewe kente layout with motifs framed by pairs of narrow weft-faced blocks and a distinct lower border strip decorated with a zigzag motif along the length. Cloths of this quality were rarely woven and are now extremely hard to source. This one was collected more than twenty years ago and has been in a Swiss private collection since. In excellent condition. Dates from circa 1930-1950.
Measurement: 113 ins x 69, 288 cm x 176.
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