Hair in African Art and Culture

December 18, 2023

Hair in African Art and Culture features artwork ranging from masks and figures, combs, hairpins, beads, headrests to contemporary African barbershop signs that illustrate the significance of hair among various African cultures as an indicator of social status and religious function, a symbol of age and authority, a traditional aesthetic element or a statement of contemporary style, a substance with supernatural power and spiritual import, and an object of beauty and adornment.