Cotton, wood, iron, rubber (?)expand_more
The Simmons Family Endowment for Textilesexpand_more 2016.1
This large parasol, a distinctive sign of kingship in the Kingdom of Abomey, founded in 1625 by the Fon people in today’s Benin on the West African Gulf of Guinea, gives testimony to the grandeur of the powerful state and of the artistic work of the court guild of tailors.
Until this purchase, Mia's small collection of Fon objects was without a textile example. This, combined with the parasol's visual impact, historical significance, and extreme rarity, makes it a significant addition to our collection.