African Art

Kente Prestige Cloth

ca. 1930–40

Cotton tapestry weave with occasional weft float motifs

75 × 125 in. (190.5 × 317.5 cm)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund
2016.105.1
Culture: 
Ewe
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Textiles
Geography: 
Country Volta Region, Ghana
Status: 
Not on view
Provenance: 

The cloth comes from an English private collection that was assembled in Ghana by a British diplomat, the High Commissioner David Walker active there in the early 1990s.
Yale University purchased the piece from Duncan Clarke in 2016

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/bulletin/Pub-Bull-acquisitions-2017.pdf (accessed December 1, 2017).

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.