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Babban Riga, Great Gown



Welcome to Dimensions of Power, African Art at the Snite Museum


Above is a video of  festivals in Nigeria, where royal Hausa men wear babban riga or great gowns, in a style similar to the one hanging here.


Video introduction to Owen D. Mort Jr. and his collection in this gallery.


How big is Africa compared the U.S.? Watch this video to find out. 


How big is Africa compared the Indiana? Watch this video to find out.

Read about the making of the mounts that cradle the African art in this gallery.  


Babban Riga, Great Gown
​Unrecorded Artists from Nigeria
Hausa style, early-mid-twentieth century
indigo-dyed hand-woven cotton, cotton thread
1985.062