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Object Number:
37-22-69
Current Location:
Africa Gallery
Provenience:
Sierra Leone
Sherbro Island
Section:
African
Materials:
Cotton
Description:
Child's. As 37-22-65. See 37-22-149 to 152; 153 to 156. Children, to the age of 8 or 9, often wear little or no clothing. Girls at, or before, the age of puberty assume a narrow cloth apron hanging from a cord tied about the waist, or else they wear a loin cloth like the men's or a woman's cloth. Under the apron or cloth is a girdle made of short sections of reed strung like beads, or beaded girdles of European materials. The reed girdles are obligatory while the girls are undergoing initiation into the Bundu Society. All girls of whatever age wear a girdle of one kind or the other.
Length:
60cm
Width:
25cm
Credit Line:
Museum Expedition to Sierra Leone, 1936-1937; Henry Usher Hall

Current & Past Exhibitions:

African Gallery ( Aug 1995)
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