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standing woman with arms spread wide
  • Ashia Fabrics
  • standing woman with arms spread wide, late 1800s–1966
  • Where object was made: Accra, Ghana
  • cotton, paint?
  • Object Height/Width: 113 x 93 cm
    Object Height/Width: 44 1/2 x 36 5/8 in
  • Gift of Barbara Michener
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6592

The image represents a standing woman in front of a sun-like design. She wears a round headdress. Her nose and lips are white, the rest of her is black, except for the details. She stands bare-breasted with her arms spread to either side. She has a white pubic covering with three bead-like belts and bands of beads around each knee. Ring necklaces and one bead necklace are indicated. There is a fleur-de-lis-like shape to either side of the legs. She stands in front of a circle with small triangles. Stylized designs fill the shape.

It has a light natural colored cotton field with raw edges on the left and right and selvage on the top and bottom.

The proper right corner has text that reads: