African Art

Hammock

early 20th century

Cotton

78 3/4 × 31 1/2 in. (200 × 80 cm)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund
2011.51.2
A label on the reverse of Manet Harrison Fowler’s painting notes that this “hammock [was] woven for transporting the young son of the former President of Liberia.” The reference is most likely to Charles Dunbar Burgess King–president of Liberia from 1920 to 1930– whose mother was one of the more than thirteen thousand freed Africans relocated from the American South to Liberia during the early to mid-19th century.
Culture: 
Vai
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Textiles
Geography: 
Country Liberia
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Possibly Charles Dunbar Burgess King, President of Liberia from 1920–1930; Charles E. Mitchell, U.S. Minister to Liberia, and his wife Elizabeth Mitchell, collected between 1931–1933 in Liberia; Charles E. Mitchell Memorial Collection in the library of the Mwalimu school, Harlem, NY, 1930s. Possibly Manet Harrison Fowler; possibly Manet Helen Fowler. Marc Assayag, Montreal, about 2008–2009; Chris Wild, Normandy; David Norden, Belgium, to 2011;Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2011.pdf (accessed March 1, 2012).

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.