BAMILEKE NDOP CLOTH 4, Cameroon


This large and wonderfully varied Ndop cloth has been vetted as authentic. It appears to have been made from strips from several different old Ndop cloths.


Overall view


Photographs by © Hamill Gallery

BAMILEKE, NDOP CLOTH 4
7' 9" high (93") x 9' 10" wide (118")
$5000

This large Ndop textile appears to have been made from strips from several different old Ndop cloths. They vary in design, wear and fading, which creates a much more varied composition than a textile made all at once.

Condition: It is not fragile but has one major hole (visible in upper right corner), five small holes, one torn edge (lower left side) and two patches (bottom middle and lower right). There are two split seams about 2" long and five split seams about 1" long. There is some brownish water staining overall. Details below show the wear and damage not visible in the main image.

Resist-dyed indigo Ndop cloth is used by all the peoples of the Grasslands both as clothing and to demarcate royal ritual spaces.


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Water stain


Repair and small patch, lower middle.


Small patch, lower right.


Small hole, upper left.


Small hole, upper left


Large hole, upper right.


Small hole, lower right.


Hung bottom side up.

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