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man’s shirt
  • Nigeria
  • man’s shirt, 1965–1975
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • cloth, embroidering, resist dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 72 x 103 cm
    Object Height/Width: 28 3/8 x 40 1/2 in
  • Gift of Suzanne and Verlin Gilbert
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0048

Shirt made from resist dyed cloth in navy blue and orange, heavily decorated with light yellow embroidery. The shirt is a pull-over tunic that has wide short sleeves that curve downward to the bottom. The opening has a vertical split, but there is a panel of cloth sewn ini behind it. The field of the cloth is dark blue and the pattern is wide bands of orange ovals that are closely spaced. On the back of the shirt is a rooster in orange.
Around the openings of the sleeves and at the bottom edge of the shirt, on both front and back is a wide band of embroidery in light yellow. The band is a series of alternating spirals and pairs of figure 8 shapes. Around the opening of the collar is very elaborate embroidery in the same color. Right at the neck opening is a band of small circles, then a band of a lattice pattern, then outside of that is a band of larger circles with small circular projections that sit between each of the large circles. Extending down the front of the shirt below that embroidery is a large panel of embroidery that has a "U" shape and below that are two sets of three petal like shapes, and around all of that is a row of projections that are each made up of two or four smaller circles.