Blanket

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Object Name
couverture personnages
Label Text
The blankets with figures evolved from the bright cotton rectangular motif blankets woven for modern beds in the mid-20th century. The uniformed soldiers relate to the 1968 military coup. The scantily clad ladies are not documented but perhaps relate to the blankets used as wedding gifts.
Description
18-strip cotton blanket with figures of 3 soldiers in green uniforms, 2 women in bikinis, shoes and purses, and 1 man in black garb. Rectangular bars of color probably refer to the flag.
Provenance
Ambassador Arthur Lewis, Washington D.C., -- to 2011
Exhibition History
Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue - From the Collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and Camille O. and William H. Cosby, Jr., National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, November 7, 2014-January 24, 2016 (installed June 30, 2015)
Published References
Kreamer, Christine Mullen and Adrienne L. Childs (eds). 2014. Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue from the Collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and Camille O. and William H. Cosby, Jr. Washington, D.C.: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, pp. 184-185, pl. 92.
Credit Line
Gift of the Ambassador Arthur and Doctor Frances Lewis Collection
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National Museum of African Art Collection
Late 20th century
Object number
2011-17-8
Oumar Bocoum, born Mali
Topic
Household
Status
Adornment
male
female
Geography
Mali
Medium
Cotton, dye
Dimensions
H x W: 158 x 348 cm (62 3/16 x 137 in.) Strip (18): 9 cm (3 9/16 in.)
National Museum of African Art
Type
Costume and Textile