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Woman's Skirt (nshak or ncak)

Arts of Africa

MEDIUM Raffia, applique
DATES before 1914
DIMENSIONS Overall: 25 1/2 x 158 1/2 in. (64.8 x 402.6 cm) Panel 1: 25 1/4 x 23 1/2 in. (64.1 x 59.7 cm) Panel 2: 25 x 23 1/2 in. (63.5 x 59.7 cm) Panel 3: 24 x 22 in. (61 x 55.9 cm) Panel 4: 24 x 20 1/2 in. (61 x 52.1 cm) Panel 5: 24 x 25 in. (61 x 63.5 cm) Panel 6: 25 1/4 x 18 1/2 in. (64.1 x 47 cm) Panel 7: 24 1/2 x 26 1/2 in. (62.2 x 67.3 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS In panel 7 there is a paper tag, 2.25” x 1.25”, with inscription. It is stitched at right of center within the panel.
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Milton F. Rosenthal
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Pale yellow wrap skirt made of raffia. Composed of seven panels stitched together. The skirt is decorated with small appliqued linear and curvilinear shaped designs, irregularly distributed. The applique designs are the same color as the cloth itself. CONDITION: Good. Some weakening of fibers and staining in some areas. A few applique motifs have been stitched over areas where the cloth has worn through. There is slight discoloration due to age.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Kuba. Woman's Skirt (nshak or ncak), before 1914. Raffia, applique, Overall: 25 1/2 x 158 1/2 in. (64.8 x 402.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Milton F. Rosenthal, 81.169. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 81.169_PS9.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 81.169_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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