Africa | Beaded Skirt (Pikuran). Possibly the Kirdi culture Cameroon. Cotton, glass beads, shells | The geometric patterning on this skirt exemplifies the skill found in northern Cameroon. It typifies cashe-sexe jewelry worn by women of high social status for ceremonial occasions.
Africa | A man's ceremonial dance jacket with necklace, from the Tikar people of Cameroon | early 20th century | Glass beads sewn to plain weave cloth of plant fiber | This would have been worn with the elephant mask. The elephant mask, signified kingship and wealth and was worn by the powerful members of the Kuosi regulatory society, which included members of royalty, wealthy title holders, and ranking warriors of the Bandjoun kingdom of western Cameroon.
Africa | Ceremonial tunic from the Bamileke or Bamum people of the Grasslands of Cameroon | 1st half of the 20th century | Commercially produced cotton ground with cotton hand embroidery