Exceptional prestige munnyuure cloth

£2,200.00

FR671 – Exceptional prestige munnyuure cloth, Fulani, Mali, early to mid C20th, hand spun cotton.

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Description

FR671 – Exceptional prestige munnyuure cloth, Fulani, Mali, early to mid C20th, hand spun cotton.

These cloths were called munnyuure, a Fulfulde word meaning “to patiently endure”, with the implication being that only the most patient weaver could create such a cloth. They were used over a wide area of Mali by Fulani, Bamana, and Dogon peoples. In the case of the Dogon a sub-type called uldebe was primarily used as a shroud and body substitute in funerary rites for senior men and women. Owning one was a sign of high status, and they could be worn as wraps, or for women, as head covers. They were also widely traded and Gardi suggests that this trade value was in part responsible for the continuity in design extending back at least 500 years to the fragments found in the Tellem caves in Bandiagara – see below. This is an exceptional example with a much greater variety of patterns than on more mundane pieces. Condition is excellent.

Measurements: 91 inches x 57, 231 cm x 145

All items on this site are vintage. That means that they may have a few small marks or blemishes consistent with use. We will try to highlight any significant issues in the description above but in the event you are not happy with your purchase please notify us within 48 hours of receipt and you may return it for a full refund (excluding return shipping costs.)


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