FR623 – Spectacular Malian wedding hanging by the Fulani weaver Oumar Bocoum from Segou. This elderly and no longer active weaver is now known to have learnt his distinctive style from an earlier master, Abdurrahman Bura Bocoum, who is thought to have pioneered the development of large scale figurative patterning on blankets that are displayed as prestige hangings for the weddings of important families. An example of Oumar Bocoum’s work was included major African textile show at the Barbican Art Gallery, London and the Kennedy Centre in 1995. It can be seen in the catalogue on page 65. This cloth diverges from the three person format that was typical of most of Bocoum’s output, including a fourth complete figure and two smaller half figures that may perhaps be children. Condition is excellent. Dates from circa 1990s.
Measurement: 108 inches x 73, 275 cm x 186.
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