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unknown Kirdi
Kirdi Primary



Dibul Kouan (Beaded Apron)

ca. 1950
Woven, sewn, and beaded cloth with fiber, glass, and cowrie shells

13 in. x 52 1/2 in. (33.02 cm x 133.35 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.5.31
Other Number(s): 83-48B (Neufeld Collection Number)
Geography: Africa, Cameroon or Nigeria, Near Mubi (Nigeria) and Guili (Cameroon)
Classification: Clothing and Adornments; Clothing
Culture/Nationality: Tikar, Cameroonian, NIgerian, Central African or West African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection

Keywords Click a term to view the records with the same keyword
This object has the following keywords:
  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • beading - Trimming, furnishing, adorning, or covering textiles or objects with beads, or creating jewelry by stringing beads.
  • beads - Refers to small objects, of any shape or material, pierced so that they may be strung or hung or attached, as by sewing.
  • beadwork - Visual works comprising designs, patterns, or other arrangements of beads, typically stringed or attached to textile supports.
  • cache-sexe - Main garments worn by women, primarily in Africa, to cover the genitals, often consisting of pendant elements made of metal or vegetal matter that hang from a cord tied around the waist or hips; may also be made of cloth and some element may pass between the legs.
  • Cameroonian - Style and culture of the nation of Cameroon, lying at the junction of western and central Africa.
  • Central African - Styles and cultures from a wide region of Africa that straddles the Equator and is drained largely by the Congo River system.
  • cowrie shell - Shell of any of numerous marine gastropod mollusks of a family widely distributed in warm seas; beautifully polished, often brightly colored, and much used for ornament or as money.
  • Nigerian
  • Tikar
  • West African - Styles and cultures from the region comprising the westernmost area of the African continent, defined by the United Nations as including the modern nations of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Backtalk: Exposures, Erasures, and Elisions of the Bryn Mawr College African Art Collection Bryn Mawr College , Feb 5, 2015 – Jun 1, 2015
  • African and Pacific Art from the Neufeld Collection Bryn Mawr College , Apr 28, 1993 – Jun 1, 1993

  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 7/18/1991


Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • L. S. Dubin, The History of Beads (London, England: Thames & Hudson, 1987), 146-147.
  • Marc Ginzberg, African Forms: The Traditional Design and Function of Objects (London, England: Thames & Hudson, 2000), 244-245.
  • John Gillow, African Textiles: Color and Creativity Across a Continent (New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 2016), 204-205.
  • "Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco." (Accessed April 8, 2020): Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, https://art.famsf.org/. Accession No.: 2008.49.8.
  • "Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco." (Accessed April 8, 2020): Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, https://art.famsf.org/. Accession No.: 2001.188.3.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Marc Ginzberg, African Forms: The Traditional Design and Function of Objects (London, England: Thames & Hudson, 2000), 242.
  • L. S. Dubin, The History of Beads (London, England: Thames & Hudson, 1987), 146-147.
  • John Gillow, African Textiles: Color and Creativity Across a Continent (New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 2016), 204-205.
  • Michael Oehrl, "Girding the Loins of the Kirdi." HALI Magazine 181 (Autumn 2014): HALI, Lonon, England. 74-79.
  • Michael Oehrl, "Original oder Fälschung: Perlenschurze der Kirdi (Nord-Kamerun) – bis zum Ende der deutschen Kolonialzeit eine Seltenheit." Kunst&Kontext: Außereuropäische Kunst und Kultur im Dialog no. 13 (2017): http://www.kunst-und-kontext.de. http://www.kunst-und-kontext.de/texte/kk13.pdf.

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