E884 – Beautiful and very rare early C20th Ewe chief’s kente cloth with a plain maroon cotton ground and finely worked extra weft float motifs. Motifs on this cloth include a man harvesting cocoa, an important new source of wealth in the Gold Coast of the early C20th. Given the size and prominence of this motif it is likely that it was requested specifically by the man who commissioned the cloth from the master weaver, probably as recognition of the source of his own prosperity that allowed him to afford such a fine garment. Dates from circa 1900-20. Condition: although this cloth is complete it is in quite worn and fragile condition with a number of careful repairs. The price reflects these condition issues. This rare style is not to be confused with a far more common cloth type featuring mainly figurative motifs on a plain rayon ground that were woven differently and were popular in the 1960s.
Measurement: 114 inches x 79, 290 cm x 201 cm.
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