Short robe of dark khaki cotton with crew neck and butterfly sleeves, the entire garment is hand embroidered with red, yellow, beige and blue cotton threads in a pattern consisting of wave-pattern bands at the waist and neck as well as along the sleeves and hem, within the bands is a pattern of irregularly-shaped organic elements, or gongs, and crescent shapes interspersed with diamonds and triangles.


Bamum people, Republic of Cameroon, Western Grasslands, African


  • Titles Robe (Descriptive)
  • Artist Western Grasslands
  • Medium cotton and cotton embroidery thread
  • Dimensions 46 neck to hem × 66 in. sleeve to sleeve (116.8 × 167.6 cm)
  • Credit Line Museum purchase in memory of Dr. John Nixon with donations from friends of Dr. Nixon, Omicron Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and the Committee for the Traditional Arts, 1990.108
  • Work Type robe
  • Classification Costume
  • On View