MSSU African Art Exibit : The MSSU African Art collection features a variety of authentic works of art from various tribes located throughout Central Africa. The objects in the collection range from mundane day to day grooming tools to ritualistic masks and statues.
Beaded Alligator Status Cloth
Object Name:
Cloth, Status, Alligator
Other Name:
Cloth, Beaded, Status, Alligator
Place of Origin:
Yoruba, Nigeria, Africa
Aboriginal Indigenous Art.
H = 65"
W = 9"
D = 2"

Yoruba beaded items are among the most colorful African works of art. They were worn by the king and his courtiers and were often given as presents to important visitors, or worn by nobles.

Yoruba beadwork is undertaken for royal commissions and appears on crowns and tunics. They are sometimes given to foreign dignitaries as a welcoming gift.

Bacquart, P. 101—102

Status cloth worn over shoulders of a noble, covered beaded alligator with short curved green tail. Two short legs extending from each side, orange face with two yellow round eyes. Dark blue, light blue, orange and two—tone green stripes, following elongated body.
Finley Collection
Cloth W/Beads
Ritually Used
Weaving / Sewing / Bead Work
Art Department, MSSU
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