SL017 – Very rare hammock from a weaver of the Temne ethnic group in Sierra Leone, collected before 1937. Made up of four wide strips of hand spun white cotton with embellishment in yellow, red and black, and a central pile decorated area, this interesting and unusual hammock displays some of the complex zigzag extra weft float patterning and tapestry weave for which Sierra Leone ‘country cloths’ are known. Hammocks were an important item of prestige for chiefs and other important people in Sierra Leone and a few examples have survived in museum collections. See photo at the foot of the page. There is one patched hole visible near the centre and wear apparent on the pile section, otherwise good condition. Provenance: Ex-collection Jeff Spurr, Boston. Collected in Sierra Leone by Warren Buck, an “animal collector” who made a number of trips to the country, the last of which was in 1937.
Measurement: 95ins x 20, 242 cm x 51 plus side flaps.
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