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Man's shirt  (hu ronko)
Date: Mid-20th century
Medium: Cotton, natural dye
Dimensions: H x W: 92 x 110cm (36 1/4 x 43 5/16in.)
Credit Line: National Museum of African Art, National Museum of Natural History, purchased with funds provided by the Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, 1983-85, EJ10463
Geography: Kalia, Sierra Leone
Object Number: EJ10463
Search Terms:
Male use
geometric motif
Object is not currently on exhibit

This dye-stamped, patterned shirt is typical of the Yalunka peoples. It was brought to Bafodea, a center of the Limba peoples who learned dye stamping from the Yalunka. Its complex design motifs would have conferred status and prestige on the wearer.

Man's shirt.

Venice and Alastair Lamb, acquired Bafodea, Sierra Leone, 1980 to 1983

TxtStyles: Fashioning Identity, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., June 11-December 7, 2008

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