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RARE RAFFIA FIBRE TEXTILE 19TH CENT.

Telala, DRC

Rare Flat Weave Raffia Fibre Textile. 19th Century.Tetela Culture, Central DRC

This rare and finely constructed flat weave raffia fibre textile is one of a small group of 15 or less known examples to exist in European collections.

This textile predates the Kuba Shoowa textiles, and exhibits a uniquely individual and beautifully freelance design with a complex interplay of geometric symbols and sense of rhythm and movement. This textile, with its tight velvet-like surface, is thought to have served as a representation of wealth or a form of dowry or currency.

Ex Private Collection, Belgium (Brussels)

Estimated Period: Late 19th Century

57 cm X 63 cm (as mounted)

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