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Beads

Museum number:
5-15928
Permalink:
ark:/21549/hm21050015928
Alternate number:
B-2251 (previous number (Bascom’s number))
Accession number:
Acc.4677
Object count:
1
Description:
beads, red and white (slightly pink cast) alternating on a string. 126 total. each bead is approximately 1/10 - 2/10 cm wide. strung very tight. total length approximately 21 cm.
Donor:
Berta Bascom
Collection place:
Nigeria
Verbatim coll. place:
W. Africa; Nigeria; Yoruba
Culture or time period:
Yoruba
Collector:
Berta Bascom and William Russell Bascom
Collection date:
1950-1951
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
2.2 Personal Adornments and Accoutrements
Accession date:
December 15, 1995
Context of use:
red and white are the colors the Yoruba associate with the orisha Shango. the beads may be worn for protection.
Department:
Cat. 5 - Africa (except the Hearst Reisner Egyptian Collection)
Dimensions:
length 21 centimeters
Comment:
1950-51. Children and others wear these for protection. AN OBJECT BEARING THIS BASCOM NUMBER IS STORED IN V 4-BASCOM-2. PAHMA Storage Loc: W 2-Bascom-7
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