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The King City project in Ghana

The King City project in Ghana

Africa | A silver necklace from the Amhara people of Ethiopia | The amulet box contains biblical verses | Silver allow | ca. late 1980

Africa | A silver necklace from the Amhara people of Ethiopia | The amulet box contains biblical verses | Silver allow | ca. late 1980

Made in Democratic Republic of Congo  (Africa,Democratic Republic of Congo) Made in Loango  (Africa,Angola,Cabinda,Loango) Place (findspot) Found/Acquired Sierra Leone  (Africa,Sierra Leone) Date 20thC

Made in Democratic Republic of Congo (Africa,Democratic Republic of Congo) Made in Loango (Africa,Angola,Cabinda,Loango) Place (findspot) Found/Acquired Sierra Leone (Africa,Sierra Leone) Date 20thC

Hausa man at Kano Durbar Festival , Nigeria A Durbar festival is an annual festival celebrated in several cities of Nigeria. It is celebrated at the culmination of Muslim festivals Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. It begins with prayers, followed by a parade of the Emir and his entourage on horses, accompanied by music players, and ending at the Emir’s palace. Durbar festival is celebrated much in kastina Durbar festivals are organised in cities such as Kano,Katsina and Bida,

Hausa man at Kano Durbar Festival , Nigeria A Durbar festival is an annual festival celebrated in several cities of Nigeria. It is celebrated at the culmination of Muslim festivals Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. It begins with prayers, followed by a parade of the Emir and his entourage on horses, accompanied by music players, and ending at the Emir’s palace. Durbar festival is celebrated much in kastina Durbar festivals are organised in cities such as Kano,Katsina and Bida,

Heavy garments of quilted cotton cloth stuffed with capok were widely used as armour for horse and man in central and eastern Sudanic Africa. In the Sokoto caliphate of northern Nigeria these horsemen were known as Yan Lifida. They often acted as the bodyguards of an Emir on the field. The various components which formed the armour are: the bantan lifidi covered the loins and abdomen; the safa the upper torso; the kumakumi was worn as a corselet.

Heavy garments of quilted cotton cloth stuffed with capok were widely used as armour for horse and man in central and eastern Sudanic Africa. In the Sokoto caliphate of northern Nigeria these horsemen were known as Yan Lifida. They often acted as the bodyguards of an Emir on the field. The various components which formed the armour are: the bantan lifidi covered the loins and abdomen; the safa the upper torso; the kumakumi was worn as a corselet.

King Bansah, a African King who moonlights as a car mechanic in Germany

King Bansah, a African King who moonlights as a car mechanic in Germany

King Zodehuga on a journey, Dahomey (now Benin), French West Africa, 1936

King Zodehuga on a journey, Dahomey (now Benin), French West Africa, 1936

portrait of SALOMON IGBINOGHODUA – Oba Erediauwa of Bénin (Nigeria) by daniel lane

portrait of SALOMON IGBINOGHODUA – Oba Erediauwa of Bénin (Nigeria) by daniel lane

Africa | A mounted royal cavalier stands guard outside the palace of the Emir of Katsina. Thier regalia is reminiscent of earlier forms of protective covering worn for battle by their warrior ancestors. Hausa, Katsina, Nigeria. | ©Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher

Africa | A mounted royal cavalier stands guard outside the palace of the Emir of Katsina. Thier regalia is reminiscent of earlier forms of protective covering worn for battle by their warrior ancestors. Hausa, Katsina, Nigeria. | ©Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher

Koranic slate with magic square. Photo Werner Forman

Koranic slate with magic square. Photo Werner Forman