From: Sierra Leone | Sherbro Island | Yoni

Curatorial Section: African

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Object Number 37-22-52
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Bolom
Provenience Sierra Leone | Sherbro Island | Yoni
Section African
Materials Reed (plant) | Pigment

Stripes and bands of red-brown and black on a ground of the natural colour of the raphia.

This coarse raphia cloth is not known as kottha [cloth] but as bik [mat]. This is a bik carried by an attendant of the Bundu "devil" to spread over the latter's knees when she sits down, so that her legs may not be seen. No part of the "devil's" skin should be exposed when she is wearing her mask and raphia costume. When she is fatigued by dancing in her heavy dress, a larger mat of the same kind as this is placed about her so that she may remove her mask without being seen in her actual person by the uninitiated.

Length 122 cm
Width 89 cm
Credit Line Expedition to Sierra Leone, West Africa; Henry Usher Hall, 1937
Other Number 3 - Collector Number

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