Ukara Cloth Beadwork

Object Details

Artist
Ira Blount
Date
late 20th-early 21st Century
Medium
glassbeads, nylon, laserjet print on cardstock
Dimensions
9 5/8 × 8 9/16 × 1/16 in. (24.5 × 21.8 × 0.2 cm)
Cite As
Gift of Ira Blount
Caption
Text from the Birmingham Museum of Art and a reproduction of ukara cloth contextualizes the inspiration for this geometric and striped beadwork piece. The light and dark triangles and squares in black, yellow, green, and red seed beads represent a leopard’s spots. The Ekpe—or leopard—Society in Nigeria uses these shapes in their textiles to honor the animal. In this way, artist Ira Blount gestures towards his African American heritage and the global influences on his work.
Accession Number
2011.0004.0126
Type
beadwork
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Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source
Anacostia Community Museum
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl80b2acad1-62a2-4519-8759-7779472c50db
Record ID
acm_2011.0004.0126
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