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Yoruba Artist (Nigeria), Adire Cloth, Twentieth century; Cotton and indigo

Yoruba cultural objects in the collection are anchored by important gifts from Bernard and Patricia Wagner. Concentrated in southwestern Nigeria, the Yoruba are one of the largest ethno-linguistic groups in the nation, with smaller populations in modern-day Benin and Togo. The collection includes examples of indigo-dyed adire textiles and intricate beadwork of Yoruba craft tradition.