Thursday, July 25, 2013

Majestic African Textiles at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

A new exhibition titled Majestic African Textiles, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art through March 2, 2014, presents a spectacular array of royal and prestige cloths, masking and ritual garments, and superbly beaded and embellished objects from across the African continent. Featuring more than sixty pieces drawn from the museum’s extensive permanent collection and augmented with a few major loans, the show highlights a significant and diverse group of richly patterned and elaborately decorated textiles, most of which served as potent symbols of power and wealth.

Royal tunic  -  Yoruba, Nigeria  -  20th century

Man's trousers  -  Hausa, Nigeria  - 20th century

Hat  -  Yoruba, Nigeria  -  20th century

Images courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art

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