Cloak; Cape

Item

Title

Cloak; Cape

Creator

Unrecorded

Description

Physical Description: Boy’s shield shaped cloak, made of dark coloured calf skin. The animal's tail and two hide strings are at the top. The exterior was once covered with dark animal hair, now worn away. The interior is smooth and decorated with small leather circular applique patches with white hair.
Contextual Description: 02:47:48 [TN mimes a cloak]He has forgotten the name but he remembers clearly what this was meant for and even the animals that would be used to produce this.
RHH: What’s the name of the animal?
SL: Mostly sheep Transcription by KL of MAC_BB_20190817_RPM3 SL Interview with Tshupo Ntono, Village Elder, Language: Setswana with English translations by SL, 2019

Publisher

Making African Connections

Date

Pre 1899

Type

PhysicalObject

Format

Whole: 1000 mm x 860 mm
Animal skin; Calf; Leather

Identifier

R4007/111

Source

Collected by Reverend William Charles Willoughby, a Christian missionary, in what was then the Bechuanaland Protectorate (1885-1966). It is now the Republic of Botswana, having gained independence from Britain in 1966.
From 1889-92 Willoughby was pastor at Union Street Church, Brighton (now The Font pub). From 1893 to 1898 he worked for the London Missionary Society in Bechuanaland. He assembled this collection of objects during this period. This was a period of social and technological changes and these objects represent traditional lifestyles and skills, rather than the contemporary lives of the people Willoughby met.

Willoughby's collection was loaned to Brighton Museum in 1899 when he returned to the UK. The loan was converted into a donation in 1936, and accessioned as acquisition R4007.

Some objects were re-numbered with the WA (World Art) numbering system in the 2000s. These numbers have been reverted to the original R4007/... numbers where possible for consistency in 2019.
William Charles Willoughby
Botswana, Southern Africa, Africa
1893-1898

Space/Place

Botswana, Southern Africa, Africa
Cultural Group: Tswana

Rights

Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International

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