Adams, Monni. Fon appliqued cloths

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Title: Fon appliqued cloths

Published in: African arts -- Vol. 13, no. 2

Published By: African arts -- Vol. 13, no. 2 [African Studies Center, University of California, Los Angeles]. 1980. 28-41, 87-88 p. ill.

By line: Monni Adams

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2016. Computer File

Culture: Fon (FA18)

Subjects: Clothing manufacture (294); Paraphernalia (293); Visual arts (5311); Verbal arts (5310); Special garments (292); Uniform and accouterment (714); Occupational specialization (463); Chief executive (643); Status, role, and prestige (554); Acculturation and culture contact (177);

Abstract: This document discusses changes in the meaning and function of traditional Fon appliqued cloth arts, projecting varied and fascinating images of objects, animals and people. Often drawn on rectangular panels suitable as wall hangings or pillow covers, these cloth pictures have recently become a popular tourist art widely available for visitors. Prior to the French conquest of Dahomey in 1892, however, appliqued hangings and banners conveyed religious and political meanings. Successive Dahomey kings claimed rights over the production and distribution of these art forms.

Document Number: 10

Document ID: fa18-010

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 87-88)

Field Date: not specified

Evaluation: Anthropologist-4,5

Analyst: Teferi Abate Adem

Coverage Date: 1700-1980

Coverage Place: Dahomey Kingdom (Benin since 1975)

LCSH: Fon (African people)


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