Bahia, 1940ies

Photography by Pierre Verger, Bahia, Brasil, 1940ies.
Courtesy of the Instituto Lina Bo e P. M. Bardi, São Paulo

Symbols of this kind – as in Pelé’s signature – are not only found on clay bowls or clothing patterns in Bahia, the Afro-Brazilian-influenced north-east of Brazil, but also in West Africa.