Cloth 'Ukara'

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Ukara, early 20th century
African, Nigeria, Cross River, Igbo people
Indigo-dyed cloth

Donated by Mrs A S Arnot, 1911
Museum number 1953-64-43

Usually worn as a wrap, the ukara can also serve as a wall hanging to indicate the inner sanctum of an Ekpe lodge. The cloths are made for high ranking Ekpe members, who choose their own designs and motifs. The repeated triangular motif symbolises the spirit of the leopard after which the Ekpe are named.

Cloth 'Ukara'
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