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Earrings

Museum number:
5-13352
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Alternate number:
JC135 (original number)
Accession number:
Acc.3332
Object count:
1
Description:
Earrings; a pair; crescent-shaped; covered with red, blue, and white glass beads with linear overlay of varicolored larger plastic beads; wire foundation; earrings are connected by two strands of oblong beads; one earring 9 cm at top, other 9.5 cm at top.
Donor:
University Research Expeditions Program
Collection place:
Gob Ore, Kenya
Verbatim coll. place:
Kenya; Gob; Rendille
Culture or time period:
Rendille
Collector:
Jean Colvin and University Research Expeditions Program
Collection date:
Summer 1977
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
2.2 Personal Adornments and Accoutrements
Production date:
ca. 1950s
Context of use:
High fashion around 1950s. Made by women and girls and worn by young women until the age when they have young daughters.
Department:
Cat. 5 - Africa (except the Hearst Reisner Egyptian Collection)
Comment:
Glass trade beads strung on tire. Flat larger beads are from plastic arm bands. Surface smoothed by knife or broken pieces of glass. Hole is made with wire heated in the fire.
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