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unknown Efe (Mbuti)
Efe (Mbuti) Primary



Bark Cloth

ca. 1970's
Bark cloth, pigment

28 x 15 in. (71.12 x 38.1 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2017.6.67
Geography: Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, North Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo
Classification: Clothing and Adornments
Culture/Nationality: Mbuti, Efe, Congolese, Central African, African

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This object has the following keywords:
  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • bark cloth - A non-woven textile made by beating the inner bark of certain trees and bushes until it is fine and soft. Bark cloth can be painted, stamped, embroidered, or cut and sewn as patchwork although it is relatively fragile, especially when wet. It was once used in almost all of sub-Saharan Africa, being reported as early as the mid-16th century in Liberia; today it is found in Ghana and Nigeria.
  • Central African - Nationality, styles, and culture of the people of the nation of the République centrafricaine.
  • Congolese - Nationality, styles, and cultures of the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Efe - Style and culture of the African ethnic group of the same name inhabiting the Ituri forest.
  • Mbuti - Style and culture of the African Pygmy ethnic group of the same name currently inhabiting the southeast Ituri Forest region of Zaire.

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Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • Georges Meurant and Robert Ferris Thompson. Mbuti Design: Paintings by Pygmy Women of the Ituri Forest (London, England: Thames & Hudson, 1995), 25-125.
  • Laure Meyer, Art and Craft in Africa. Everyday life, Ritual, Court Art (Paris, France: Terrail, 2001), 63-64. Figure Number: 48
  • William F. Wheeler, Jr., "Efe Barkcloth Painting." African Arts 29, no. 4 (Autumn 1996): 65-66, 70.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Georges Meurant and Robert Ferris Thompson. Mbuti Design: Paintings by Pygmy Women of the Ituri Forest (London, England: Thames & Hudson, 1995),
  • Laure Meyer, Art and Craft in Africa. Everyday life, Ritual, Court Art (Paris, France: Terrail, 2001), 66-67.
  • William F. Wheeler, Jr., "Efe Barkcloth Painting." African Arts 29, no. 4 (Autumn 1996): 62-71.
  • John Gillow, African Textiles: Color and Creativity Across a Continent (New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 2016), 202-203.

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<ref name=BMC>cite web |url=http://triarte.brynmawr.edu/objects-1/info/198681 |title=Bark Cloth |author=Bryn Mawr College Library Special Collections |accessdate=5/16/2022 |publisher=Bryn Mawr College</ref>

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