staff sheath

Yoruba people1925-1950

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

This thin long sheath has beadwork on the front and bright yellow-orange flannel fabric on the reverse. There are six triangular elements, which match the appearance of the sheath, sewn to the sides. The bottom and top of the sheath are open creating a tube construction, which allows it to function as a cover for an agriculture staff. The sheath has a thick plain woven bast fabric interior structure, which contributes to the stiff hand of the textile.

The beadwork, which covers most of the surface of the sheath, is sewn to a plain weave fabric. The beads create motifs of geometric designs and perhaps a being or deity. At the top of the sheath the beads are worked three-dimensionally into a ring and a short strip. This area looks like a stylized face. Dark leather is sewn around the beadwork to the back of the sheath.

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  • Title: staff sheath
  • Creator: Yoruba people
  • Date Created: 1925-1950
  • Rights: No Known Rights Holder
  • Medium / Support: leather, glass beads,and cotton flannel
  • External Link: See this object at www.imamuseum.org
  • Dimensions: 53 x 12-3/4 x 2 in.
  • Department: Textile and Fashion Arts
  • Credit Line: Mrs. Pierre F. Goodrich Endowed Art Fund
  • Accession Number: 2013.314