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Fr Roten Blog #15: Cameroon

Tattoos Prescraft Cameroon

Churches have been instrumental in promoting art and handicrafts in Africa and elsewhere. This set of seventeen pieces of dark brown ceramic was crafted at one of the three handicraft centers run by the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon. The setting relates Christmas to Easter and underscores the rich brown coloring of the varied and expressive figures. What looks like tattoos on animals and people is in fact a tribal "business card."

Reprinted with permission: University of Dayton, Marian Library Collection. All rights reserved.

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