Matooke (Green Banana)

Material Information

Matooke (Green Banana)
Series Title:
Objects of instruction : treasures of SOAS
Alternate Title:
Green banana
Alternate Title:
Matoke (Green Banana)
Musango, Francis ( Artist )
Gift of Dr Joan Maw, 1992.
Place of Publication:
Publication Date:
Oil on board ( medium )
H62.5 x W122 cm in


Subjects / Keywords:
Green bananas ( lcsh )
Afrika -- Uganda
Spatial Coverage:
Africa -- Uganda
1.25 x 32.5


The composition of this painting, called matooke (‘green banana’) in Luganda, is dominated by serried masses of rich greens, reds and yellow. Painted by J. Muyango, a Ugandan artist who graduated from Makerere University in the early 1960s, it still bears the student number 0285, which was required for the final B.A. fine art degree examination. This image was painted when the celebrated naturalist and artist Jonathan Kingdon was a painting tutor in the Makerere art school. It registers a shift in approach from the evocative storytelling narratives realised through pattern and rhythm of shapes developed by Margaret Trowell (who headed the art college until 1958) to the emphasis on observation from nature and technical expertise in handling materials that Kingdon advocated. This painting was purchased directly from the artist by Dr. Joan Maw who generously donated it to SOAS in 1992 (Text by Charles Gore, from the exhibition catalogue: Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Anna Contadini, Editor. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007.) ( en )
General Note:
VIAF (name authority) : Musango, Francis : 8778875
General Note:
The 'Objects of instruction : the treasures of SOAS' exhibition was funded through a generous gift from the Foyle Foundation and with the support of the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
General Note:
Source: A. Contadini (ed.), Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007. Listed as item number: 96

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
Brunei Gallery
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.