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Robe (Boubou Lomasa)

A work made of handspun cotton, indigo dye; polychrome silk and cotton; strip weave, hand embroidery.
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  • A work made of handspun cotton, indigo dye; polychrome silk and cotton; strip weave, hand embroidery.

Date:

Late 19th century

Artist:

Soninke
Possibly Senegal or Mali
Northern Africa and the Sahel

About this artwork

This type of robe was worn by chiefs, dignitaries, emirs, and other high-ranking men in 19th-century West Africa. It marked the wearer’s standing and prestige, and also identified him as a Muslim. The talismanic motifs were typically designed and stitched by Qur’anic scholars who found inspiration in Arabic texts. Soninke women no longer practice these embroidery styles and indigo-dyeing techniques, which impacted the weaving traditions of a vast region north and south of the Sahara.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Soninke

Title

Robe (Boubou Lomasa)

Place

Senegal (Object made in)

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1875–1900

Medium

Handspun cotton, indigo dye; polychrome silk and cotton; strip weave, hand embroidery

Dimensions

124.5 × 194.3 cm (49 × 76 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

The Art Institute of Chicago, Arts of Africa and the Americas Curatorial Discretionary and Vedder Price Kaufmann & Kammholtz Endowment funds

Reference Number

2019.717

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