Maasai, Kenya / Bead Collar / 20th centuryMaasai, Kenya
Bead Collar
20th century

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Creator Nationality: African
Creator Name-CRT: Maasai, Kenya
Title: Bead Collar
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Creation Start Date: 1900
Creation End Date: 1975
Creation Date: 20th century
Creation Place: Kenya, Africa
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Classification Term: Necklaces
Materials and Techniques: Glass, hide (cow), metal
Dimensions: Length: 7 1/8"; width: 6 3/4"
Description: Small, flat glass beaded collar with wire stringing and cowhide dividers; thirteen rows of small spherical same size beads; orange inner row followed by ten rows of alternate all blue or all white beads; one red bead row, and an outer border row of green beads; cowhide dividers at center bottom and each side; cowhide strips at top opening with coiled wire hook closure.
AMICA Contributor: Brooklyn Children's Museum
Owner Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA
ID Number: 75.36.304
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Herbert S. Zim, 1975
Context: Maasai girls begin wearing a beaded collar before circumcision, when they become girlfriends of warriors. More collars are added after circumcision and marriage. Numerous collars of various sizes are worn together and provide visual attraction as a woman moves. Girls and women make their own collars and other beaded adornment after their chores are finished. Some collars are strung on sinew with cowhide dividers.
AMICA ID: BCM_.75.36.304
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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