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Man's ensemble  (ashoke)
Date: Mid-late 20th century
Medium: Cloth
Dimensions: Tunic; H x W: 122 x 177cm (48 1/16 x 69 11/16in.) Pants: H x W: 106.3 x 65cm (41 7/8 x 25 9/16in.); Cylindrical hat; H x W: 21 x 18 x 18 cm (8 1/4 x 7 1/16 x 7 1/16 in.)
Credit Line: Gift of Flora Edouwaye S. Kaplan
Geography: Nigeria
Object Number: 2004-10-34
Search Terms:
Male use
Object is not currently on exhibit

This formal ensemble is an outstanding example of how objects and styles travel, and what is considered proper court dress. Presented by a member of the Benin royal family as a gift to be worn by the father of a bride in New York, it is made of hand-loomed, narrow-strip Yoruba cloth called ashoke and tailored in a style that denotes prestige.

Ensemble of trousers, tunic and 2 hats made of narrow strip weave with openwork design in tan, white and red, with pale yellow embroidery.

Gift to Dr. Flora Kaplan from Queen Ohan Akanzua, May 26, 1986 to 2004

TxtStyles: Fashioning Identity, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., June 11-December 7, 2008

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