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Object Number: 37-22-69
Current Location: Africa Gallery
Currently On Display
Provenience: Sierra Leone
Sherbro Island
Length: 60cm
Width: 25cm
Credit Line:Expedition to Sierra Leone, West Africa; Henry Usher Hall, 1937


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.

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