Wives of Sango

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3 images
Created by
Donaldson, Jeff, American, 1932 - 2004
Subject of
AfriCOBRA, founded 1968
Medium
paint, foil, and ink on cardboard
Dimensions
H x W (artwork): 36 1/4 × 25 9/16 in. (92 × 65 cm)
H x W x D (frame): 38 1/16 × 27 7/16 × 1 3/4 in. (96.7 × 69.7 × 4.5 cm)
Type
paintings
mixed media
Date
1971
Description
This mixed media artwork by Jeff Donaldson shows the Wives of Sango. Three women are visible in the painting. The woman in the center is facing outward dressed in white. The other two women are in 3/4 profile facing either side of the frame. The woman on the left is dressed in shades of red and pink with a silver-colored diamond patterned neckline with small cutouts. The woman on the right is wearing a headband and is dressed in shades of green and yellow. All three women have gold- and silver-colored foil accents and are wearing weaponry including knives and ammunition belts. At the bottom in silver-colored foil is text that reads [OYA · OSUN / AND OBA WIVES OF SANGO]. At the center bottom is a double headed axe symbol. The artist signed the work at the bottom. The artwork is floating in a white frame.
Topic
African American
Africa
African diaspora
Art
Black power
Religion
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, Courtesy of Jamelela K. Donaldson, © Jameela K. Donaldson
Object number
2017.33.1
Rights
© Jeff Donaldson
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Classification
Visual Arts
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture