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mud cloth
  • Côte d'Ivoire
    active: Côte d'Ivoire
  • mud cloth, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Côte d'Ivoire
  • cotton, dung?, paint?, weaving
  • Object Height/Width: 73 x 87 cm
    Object Height/Width: 28 3/4 x 34 1/4 in
  • Gift of C. Susan Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6602

The small rectangular cloth is made up of six small strips of cloth sewn together. The color of the field is a natural off-white cotton. The surface of the cloth is painted with either dung or paint in a dark brown color. Along the top, from left to right, is a lion with a long mane and spots on its body, followed by a large bird, possibly an ostrich with spots on its neck, followed by a fish with thin stripes on its body and fins. On the bottom is a large lizard or crocodile with thin stripes on its body, flanked on either side by two more large birds, possibly ostriches, with spots on their necks.