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'Elephant Headdress' by Bamileke Artist, Cameroon

Decorative Arts

The applied arts of Africa reveal a multitude of technical, aesthetic, social, and historical dimensions. The High Museum’s growing collection of African textiles features works ranging from a silk Kente cloth with a particularly complex pattern to popular, factory-manufactured commemorative cotton textiles emblazoned with images of Kwame Nkrumah, Nelson Mandela, and Barack Obama.


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