Yoruba ceremonial belt

Ceremonial belt. Beads, shells, coins. Yoruba poeple. Nigeria. Early/ mid. 20th. century. Very good condition. Cm. 19 x 64 (8" x 2'1").
Brightly inventive and meticulously constructed, these belts were as symbols of the owner's spiritual position and were worn in public ceremonies by Ifa priestesses. Beads and cowrie shells were signs of wealth and status. In addition to the Yoruba faces with vertical scarification on the cheeks, common themes include many types of animals and geometric patterns.

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