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War Shirt (Batakari)

Artist/Maker: Akan people (Ghana)

Date: 20th century
Medium: cotton, indigo dye, leather, horn, fur and metal
Overall: 60 x 36 in. (152.4 x 91.4 cm)
Classification: Clothing, Accessories and Jewelry
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Object number: 94.0008.02
DescriptionThe use of shirts of this type by war leaders and hunters probably originated in the Muslim areas of northern Ghana, where this one was collected. They are adorned with small, leather-covered charms sewn around tightly folded papers containing written Islamic phrases or geometric diagrams; the charms are believed to have the power to protect the wearer from harm.
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