Personal Adornment: Characteristics: The body can be transformed in both temporary and permanent ways: painted, tattooed, scarified and marked in a variety of ways. The adornment of the body indicates status, personal and group identity. Often done to beautify, complement,
The body can be transformed in both temporary and permanent ways:
painted, tattooed, scarified and marked in a variety of ways.
The adornment of the body indicates status, personal and group identity.
Often done to beautify, complement,
and enhance the body, sometimes for spiritual empowerment.
Nuba peoples are found in southern Sudan and are hunters.
Painting primarily done with yellow and red ochre but white and black are also used.
Practiced by men and colors and designs reflect membership
in particular age grades and family.
Designs inspired by nature and contain characteristics of local plants and animals.
Discerning the destiny
Igbo Peoples, Nigeria
Found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Regalia made from cowrie shells and
different colored beads, feathers, raffia, leather, and iron bells.
Found in northern Nigeria.
Elaborately embroidered cape.
White turban and clothing style demonstrate
influence of Islamic designs from North Africa.
Wears a beaded crown with beaded veil.
Veil protects viewers from the power of the ruler.
He holds a beaded staff of office.
Birds on crown represent the mystical powers of women and the ruler's authority.
King of Ila with beaded crown with veils,
Fulani Woman from West Africa
Elaborate gold earrings worn by women are an indication of wealth and status.
They reflect the importance of gold in the trans-Saharan trade
Kamo Village, Northern Nigeria
Decorating the Hair
Futa Djallon Region,
Okondo Village, Congo
Wearing the great Warrior shirt
And Hat with amulets
Photo: Doran H. Ross
Masai warriors, Kenya, 20th century