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Tunic

A work made of glass beads, cloth, and string.

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  • A work made of glass beads, cloth, and string.

Date:

Early-mid 20th century

Artist:

Yoruba
Odo-Ona Ilorin, Nigeria
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

The Yoruba appreciate the color variations and sparkling surfaces of beads, as well as the way that they can be combined into dazzling patterns. Beads contain àse (animating force) and become further imbued with it when worn. Today titled Yoruba men wear beaded regalia as an expression of power, status, and divine sanction. This tunic’s imagery refers to power and domination. Two male figures flank the front opening, while on the back a coiled snake sits beneath another male figure, possibly holding a shield. Around these motifs and on the sides and arms are geometric patterns. [See also 2009.581].

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Yoruba

Title

Tunic

Origin

Nigeria

Date

1900–1975

Medium

Glass beads, cloth, and string

Dimensions

H. 102.8 cm (40.5 in.) diam. at bottom: 27.6 cm (10 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Cynthia and Terry E. Perucca; African and Amerindian Art Purchase Fund

Reference Number

2009.580

Extended information about this artwork

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