Photography plays a role in most of our lives - but rarely in our deaths. If you happened to live in the West African country of Benin * during the 1960s and 1970s, photography was quite literally a matter of life and death. It is a commonly held belief in many non-Western cultures that a person's soul lives on, as if trapped, within the photograph.
In Benin, with its rich spiritual traditions of animism (voodoo was born here and is now Benin's official religion) - whereby fetishes or objects are regarded to embody powerful spirits - the photograph came to play a fascinating role in the rituals of death.
This unique collection of portrait photography, painstakingly assembled and conserved by the West African art specialist Alex van Gelder, opens a new chapter in the history of African photography.
Adanudo cloth is hand-woven on a horizontal treadle loom, then the lengths are sewn together. Made in Ghana.
NOTE: One of a kind. Please note that due to the handmade and vintage nature of this piece there may be some slight irregularities.
116" x 71"
Juju hats, also known as a "Bamileke" hat, is an African headdress crafted by the Bamileke tribe in Cameroon. Juju hats have gained popularity in the recent years and make a great wall decoration.
Approximately 20" in diameter
Feathers may vary in shade & length. Juju hats are one of a kind & handmade, any minor variations are a part of their beauty and charm.
$0.00Cargo's complimentary annual calendar made by Cargo's in-house artists!
Nagaland necklace collected in the 70's. Original antique Konyak Wachita tribe. Brass & glass with conch shell.
Length to top of beads- 11.25"
Width of beads- 3"