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Panel (Lamba Mpanjaka)

A work made of silk, warp-faced plain weave with supplementary patterning warps and supplementary brocading wefts; five panels joined; finished at both ends with knotted and braided warp fringe.

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  • A work made of silk, warp-faced plain weave with supplementary patterning warps and supplementary brocading wefts; five panels joined; finished at both ends with knotted and braided warp fringe.

Date:

1997

Artist:

Daniel Rafidison (Malagasy, born 1963) and Antoine Rakotoarinala (Malagasy, born 1962)
Produced at Lamba SARL cooperative
Arivonimamo, Madagascar

About this artwork

In this display piece, the jewel-like colors and designs in the weaving are a contemporary revival of akotofohana, a 19th-century cloth worn by monarchs in Madagascar as their most luxurious mode of dress. Malagasy people consider cloth to be the ultimate gift: a valuable symbol of relationships forged between rulers, individuals, ancestors, and spirits. Rulers presented the fine mulberry silk textiles to foreign dignitaries as they established and built diplomatic ties around the world. For example, Queen Ranavalona III of Madagascar sent two akotofohana cloths to US President Grover Cleveland in 1886.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Artist

Antoine Rakotoarinala

Title

Panel (Lamba Mpanjaka)

Place

Madagascar (Object made in)

Date

Made 1997

Medium

Silk, warp-faced plain weave with supplementary patterning warps and supplementary brocading wefts; five panels joined; finished at both ends with knotted and braided warp fringe

Dimensions

278.1 × 172.7 cm (109 1/2 × 68 in.) Weft repeat: point repeat Fringe length: 9 in. (on side with accession number label), 10 in.

Credit Line

Ada Turnbull Hertle Endowment

Reference Number

1998.84

Extended information about this artwork

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