Apron

Apron

1800s-1900s

Leather, glass beads, sinew

Overall: 35.6 cm (14 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2010.206

Description

This is an exquisite example of a rare type of swallowtail-shaped apron worn by young female initiates until the mid-19th century. On the upper portion, the black beads were applied in such a way that they can be read as a human face or even as a full figure. In fact, the overall form of the apron can be viewed as representing the lower torso and legs of a woman with a neatly marked pubic region.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture

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