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pubic covering
  • unknown Maasai maker
  • pubic covering, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Kenya
  • leather, shell, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 43 x 19 x 7 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 16 7/8 x 7 1/2 x 2 3/4 in
  • Anonymous gift
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5943

Relatively narrow rectangle made from brown leather with two straps on either side of one short end. Beaded along long edges in red and yellow, dark blue and white, grey and dark blue, red and grey, or red and white. One strip across middle in dark blue and white, white and red, and green and red. Small clusters of beads, scattered near bottom and two clusters near top in: red and dark blue, red and yellow, dark blue and grey, red and green, and red and white. One cowrie shell on center cluster in top portion of panel.