Congolese Apron

An apron from Matadi, Congo, decorated with blue, white, and red beads. It is included as it was originally collected by a member of Sierra Leone's Krio community, Claudius D. Hotobah During. From the mid-nineteenth century, Krio traders, missionaries and professionals settled along the coast of West Africa and in settlements on the Niger River. This Krio diaspora maintained close links with Sierra Leone through steam shipping lines, and objects from throughout the region found their way to Freetown where they were sometimes acquired by European collectors. Claudius D. Hotobah During was a well-respected barrister, based in Freetown.

Further Information

  • Type: Body adornment, jewellery
  • Object: Congolese Apron
  • Materials: Textile, Glass
  • Culture Group: Other, Krio
  • Dimensions: 540 mm x 720 mm
  • Production Date: Pre 1908
  • Associated Places: Democratic Republic of Congo: Matadi (Created and collected)
  • Associated People: C.D. Hotobah During (Collector); A. Ridyard (Donor)
  • Museum: World Museum Liverpool Sierra Leone Collection
  • Accession Number: LIVCM.

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