AGB134. Unique nineteenth century chief’s robe with the “two knives” embroidery pattern in green on a background of white cotton with magenta alaari silk from the trans-Saharan caravan trade, bordered with pinstripes in yellow and green. This robe is a, to my knowledge unique, variant on the tradition of alaari silk robes with green embroidery that were highly expensive and prestigious high status pieces commissioned and worn by the wealthiest rulers in precolonial Nigeria. There are very few of these silk robes in museum collections, notably one in the British Museum’s Beving collection (Number Af1934,0307.200 ). The survival intact of this C19th example in the field is remarkable and a tribute to the high regard and careful attention it received over the decades. Condition is excellent.
Measurements: 90 inches x 48, 229 cm x 122.
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