Location: On Display in the Africa Galleries

From: Kenya | Nairobi

Curatorial Section: African

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Object Number 74-6-1
Current Location Africa Galleries - On Display
Provenience Kenya | Nairobi
Section African
Materials Fiber | Glass | Shell

Cylindrical shape. Interior of rattan and string. Exterior is vertically striped with red, white, and blue glass(?) beads plus two cowrie shell stripes (front and back), divided horizontally by single strings of red beads into 10 bands. Front cowrie stripe is covered by a figurine (flat), attached to crown by blue and white beaded strap. Figurine has shield-shaped body with red and blue vertical stripes, and a white head with one coin earring. Coins hang as appendages from single strings of beads (8). At level of 4th band from top, around crown, there hang 7 more coins, attached the same way. Coins: altogether, 16 one cent pieces, (Br.) East Africa. Dates: 1911, 1920, 1922 (2), 1923, 1924 (2), 1930 (2), 1942 (2), 1949, 1951 (2), 1952, 1955. All coins round with central hole. Two coins which hang from the crown have fallen off; they're placed in the bag as well.

Height 16 cm
Outside Diameter 15 cm
Credit Line Gift of Bernard G. Segal, 1974

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