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“ALL HAIL THE QUEEN”

“ALL HAIL THE QUEEN”

$6,700.00

Size: 40 X 30 inches

OIL ON CANVAS, 24K GOLD

Headwraps have had a long and varied history, first used for practical signals and social signaling then symbolizing subservience before blossoming in the ‘Black is Beautiful’ movement. The model herself specializes in hair care and the choice of colors in the piece reflects the kente cloth themes of bloodshed in the history of the cloth and Black history (red), love and harmony (blue), spiritual growth (green), and wealth in both status and spirit (gold)

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Headwraps have had a long and varied history. In pre-colonial sub-Saharan Africa, head wraps provided social signals, such as a woman’s age, marital status, family lineage, and prosperity. In addition, they were practical means to protect hair from the elements and observe social conventions around respect, humility and even modesty. With the Afro-American slave trade, it because a symbol of servitude with laws like the 1735 Negro Act providing stipulations on what Black people were allowed to wear. Come 1970, headwraps became a Black Power uniform of rebellion and a style used to shame people of African descent gained popularity in the ‘Black is Beautiful’ movement and push towards accepting and celebrating natural hair, which is something that continues today.

The model herself specializes in hair care and the choice of colors in the piece reflects the kente cloth themes of bloodshed in the history of the cloth and Black history (red), love and harmony (blue), spiritual growth (green), and wealth in both status and spirit (gold).

 

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