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Maasai Africa
(1982-1988)

Artist/s name
Medium
cotton, lycra, plastic, metal, glass
Measurements
(a) 70.0 cm (centre back) 91.5 cm (width across shoulders) (zebra print top) (b) 58.0 cm (centre back) 80.5 cm (width across shoulders) (Ndebele print pleat top) (c) 88.5 cm (centre back) 27.5 cm (waist flat) (skirt) (d) 18.0 x 186.0 cm (sash) (e) 34.5 x 194.0 cm (turban) (f) 52.0 x 34.3 x 0.7 cm (Massai necklace) (g) 28.5 x 29.0 x 0.5 cm (Massai necklace) (h) 24.7 x 23.5 x 0.5 cm (Massai necklace) (i) 61.0 x 24.0 x 0.5 cm (Massai necklace) (j) 17.0 x 18.0 x 25.0 cm (Massai necklace) (k) 21.7 x 13.5 x 0.5 cm (Massai necklace) (l) 16.0 x 12.0 x 0.1 cm (Zulu necklace) (m) 10.0 x 10.0 x 2.8 cm (Ndebele bracelet) (n) 10.0 x 11.5 x 3.5 cm (Ndebele bracelet) (o) 8.3 x 7.6 x 1.0 cm (Zulu bracelet) (p) 7.5 x 7.5 x 1.0 cm (bangle) (q) 7.5 x 8.0 x 1.0 cm (bangle) (r) 7.5 x 7.0 x 1.0 cm (bangle) (s) 7.8 x 8.0 x 1.0 cm (bangle) (t) 8.1 x 7.5 x 1.0 cm (bangle) (u) 9.5 x 9.5 x 3.0 cm (Ndebele bracelet) (v) 7.5 x 7.0 x 0.5 cm (bangle) (w) 7.5 x 7.5 x 0.5 cm (bangle) (x) 8.0 x 8.0 x 0.5 cm (bangle) (y) 7.7 x 8.2 x 0.5 cm (bangle) (z) 7.5 x 7.1 x 0.5 cm (bangle) (aa) 27.0 x 36.8 x 0.8 cm (bag) (bb) 6.7 x 5.7 x 0.7 cm (pin)
Place/s of Execution
Sydney, New South Wales
Accession Number
2010.309.a-bb
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, 2010
© Linda Jackson/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
Gallery location
Not on display
About

In 1988, Jackson travelled to Kenya and East Africa where she spent time in Maasai villages and observed traditional beading techniques. For many years, Jackson had been interested in African dress and had incorporated elements in her work. Maasai Africa is a bold synthesis of these ideas. The fabric is printed with brightly coloured checks and animal print designs. The loosely structured and layered components coupled with a turban reference the vibrant styles of African women’s dress, and are indicative of Jackson’s distinctive design language and engagement with other cultures.

—text from Linda Jackson Bush Couture (Jan 2012)