YORUBA BEADED SASHES 113-117

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Sash 113

Sash 114

Sash 115

Sash 116

Sash 117

46" long x 5" wide

49" long x 6"  wide 

46" lon g x 6" wide 

53" long x 6"  wide 

63 " lon g x 7" wide 

$150

$200
 
$150

$200
 
SOLD *

* On sash 117 half of the beads on the top loop are missing.

 Photographs © Hamill Gallery

Brightly inventive and meticulously constructed, these modern sashes are based upon sashes that functioned as symbols of the owner's spiritual position and were worn in public ceremonies by Ifa priestesses. Although they have no spiritual use, these pieces are produced by hand in Nigeria by the Yoruba people.

The original sashes were derived from the sacred beaded sheaths for Oko iron staffs (see Yoruba Beaded Sheaths),

Beads and cowrie shells were signs of wealth and status. In addition to the Yoruba faces with vertical scarification on the cheeks, common themes include many types of animals and geometric patterns.

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