Living in Style

In traditional African societies, many objects used in everyday life are produced in the home or by local craftsmen. Storage vessels, baskets, furniture, tools and weapons must be designed for function and effectiveness, but aesthetic quality is another important element of these objects that conveys a larger meaning.

These objects are statements of the maker’s prowess as a craftsman and of the owner’s status in society, and they reflect many values of the society at large. Living in Style: African Art of Everyday Life presents a wide array of objects used for personal adornment, in the home and in public. Included in the exhibition are hats, jewelry, staffs, chairs, mats, currencies and many other valued objects created throughout the continent.

Installation Shot, Living in Style

Hunter's Coat

Hunter's Coat

African, Unknown

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Woman's Apron

African, Unknown

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Woman's Headdress

African, Unknown

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Woman's Wedding Cape or Apron

African, Unknown

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Apron and Skirt

African, Unknown

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Asafo Flag

African, Unknown

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Asafo Flag

African, Unknown

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Basket

African, Unknown

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Ceremonial Skirt

African, Unknown

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Doll

African, Unknown

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Love Letter Pendant

African, Unknown

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Woman's Beaded Apron

African, Unknown

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Womans Headdress

African, Unknown

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