YORUBA STYLE VESTS, Nigeria

Brightly inventive and meticulously constructed, these modern vests are based upon those worn in public ceremonies by Ifa priests. Although they have no spiritual use, these pieces are produced by hand in Nigeria by the Yoruba people.

YORUBA STYLE
Vest 1
35" high x 27" wide
$600


YORUBA STYLE
Vest 3
19" high x 24" wide
$300





YORUBA STYLE
Vest 4
31" high x 31" wide
$600

YORUBA STYLE
Vest 5
30" high x 21" wide
$600



YORUBA STYLE
Vest 6
28" high x 23" wide
$1000


YORUBA STYLE
Vest 7 w/ pants
43" high x 54" wide
$1200

YORUBA STYLE
Vest 7 w/ pants
43" wide x 54" wide
$1200


YORUBA STYLE
Vest 8
26" high x 20" wide
$1200


 

YORUBA STYLE
Vest 2
19" high x 24" wide
$200

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

YORUBA STYLE, VESTS, Nigeria

Decorated equally on front and back, they exhibit a range of style from fanciful and rustic to elegant and formal. The elaborate beadwork is all in good condition.

"Ewu Sango (Sango vest), worn by a Sango priest in state of possession by the diety, is made from cotton cloth and decorated with charms, medicine packets, cowries... Both the vests and bante Sango (aprons) are considered empowered with spiritual and medicinal energy and thus empower the wearer with ase (authority/command)."

Page 96, Beads Body and Soul: Art and Light in the Yoruba Universe, by Drewal and Mason

 

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