YORUBA STYLE VEST 1, Nigeria

While originating from the African continent, this vest is likely not created by the tribe who invented the design. The tribal attribution indicates the origin of the design, not the object.


             


Photographs © Hamill Gallery

YORUBA STYLE
VEST 1
35" high x 27" wide
Nigeria
$600

Lighter in weight than the heavily beaded vests, this one has more of the spirit of a Dogon or Bamana hunter's shirt, with amulets and small additions to protect the wearer. Assembled of strip-woven cloth, its embellishments include strange magical pods, tiny gourds, twigs, cowrie shells, tied bundles, chains and packets bound in string. There is some fraying of the cloth and an early restructuring with blue ashoke pieces around the collar. This could hang in a modern abstract art exhibition.


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