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Asa Olona

Woven natural white and indigo ground with supplementary weft of indigo, red and yellow. Stylized motifs include: crocodile, frog, mudfish, elephant, snake, lizard, and a hooked ceremonial staff.


Probably before 1960, purchased in Nigeria and brought to England by an unknown collector. By 2007, purchased at auction in England by Donald Simmonds (b. 1933 – d. 2010), London; 2007, sold by Simmonds to Duncan Clarke, Alfie’s Antique Market, London; 2011, sold by Clarke to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 21, 2011)

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Museum purchase with funds donated by Jeremy and Hanne Grantham

Asa Olona

African (Nigerian, Yoruba, Ijebu), mid 19th century

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Length x width: 215.9 x 162.6 cm (85 x 64 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woven cotton with supplementary weft.


Textiles and Fashion Arts