Utilitarian Artifacts | Adornments & Personal Objects

African men and women adorn their heads in creative and distinctive ways.
Combs are used to create an array of magnificent hairstyles.

Beads, traditionally, assumed a monetary role, dividing those with means from those without. Heavily beaded capes, skirts, blankets, arm bands, and jewelry were worn to display wealth and position. A complex lexicon of color and pattern played an important role in communication.


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