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Large contemporary, commemorative textile with repeating pattern in the background of heart-shapes alternating with a flower motif. Along the top and bottom edge there is a band of 'S'-shapes with distorted middles, oriented sideways. The middle has a row of circular images depicting a seated man encircled by text. Above and below this row, there is a row of circular images of weapons, alternating with circular images of a porcupine on a stool. There is text within these circles. There is a label in the lower left corner from the manufacturer.

History Of Use

This red cloth was worn by mourners who attended the funeral of the late Ashanti King Otumfuo Opoku Ware II. Though King Otumfuo Opoku Ware II passed away in 1999, his funeral was held in 2001. In the Ashanti kingdom a funeral cannot be held until a new king has been chosen. The seat of the Ashanti kingdom is located in the city of Kumasi, north of the capital of Accra. The President of Ghana is often seen in the media paying his respects to the Ashanti King, who is a traditional leader in Ghana. Factory-printed cloth is a product of both African design and European technology. African people have worn this type of cloth for over 150 years. It was originally printed in factories in Europe and then marketed in Africa, but today most of the cloth is designed and printed in Africa.

Iconographic Meaning

The porcupine and the stool seen on this cloth are important symbols of the Ashanti kingdom. The stool symbolizes Ashanti royalty while the porcupine with its raised quills signals opponents to beware.

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