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Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:African; Veli (?) or Congo
Title:Raffia cloth
Date Made:late 19th century
Type:Coin/Numismatic
Materials:Palm fiber
Place Made:Africa; Angola; Republic of Congo; Democratic Republic of Congo
Measurements:overall: 9 x 20 in.; 22.86 x 50.8 cm
Narrative Inscription:  On a 3.5 x 5.5 postcard, stamped on one side of the card: "May 10, 1897, S. Hadley, MA" addressed to: "Professor Hooker, MHC, S. Hadley, MA" Written on other side of card: "Merrow, Conn. May 8, 1897. I am sending you by this mail one of the African mabellas or mats of 'grasscloth' of native manufacture. One single piece is an mbougo. They are used not only as mats, but for loin cloths, shoulder cloths, sacks, cushions, sails, and currency as well. One is worth 50 reis Portuguese. The fabric...
Accession Number:  MH 2003.26.28
Credit Line:Transfer from the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
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Description:
Missionary Cabinet. Tan hand-woven cloth with a small, tight weave and fringe on all sides with some ends knotted.

Tags:
African; numismatics

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