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Robe (Kansawu) and Trousers, from 3 Piece Royal or Noble Costume

Arts of Africa

CULTURE Fon
MEDIUM Cotton, silk
  • Place Made: Abomey, Benin
  • DATES late 19th century
    DIMENSIONS Tunic: 34 1/4 x 27 9/16 in. (87 x 70 cm) Trousers: 29 1/2 x 26 in. (74.9 x 66 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 22.1500a-b
    CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Fon. Robe (Kansawu) and Trousers, from 3 Piece Royal or Noble Costume, late 19th century. Cotton, silk, Tunic: 34 1/4 x 27 9/16 in. (87 x 70 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.1500a-b. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 22.1500_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Costume top is made of woven material with blue and white bands. Embroidered onto the woven material is a yoke shape composed of curved parallel bands and alternate rows of X-shapes. Red and white floral-like designs are embroidered around the waist area as well as above the hemline of the robe. Between the floral designs is a row of doughnut-shaped forms, each form with a row of embroidered X-shapes inside. The trousers of the costume have material of woven blue and white narrow stripes with appliqued shark forms on the lower portion of each leg; below the shark forms are embroidered horizontal bands. Condition: Torn, fraying embroidery.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (79%)
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