Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Maasai maker
  • necklace, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Kenya
  • plant fiber, elephant hair?, glass beads, berries?, brass wire, brass
  • Object Length/Width: 23 x 15 cm
    Object Length/Width: 9 1/16 x 5 7/8 in
  • Anonymous gift
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3282

The necklace is created from plant fibers, bound at the ends with a brass strip, and wrapped with brass wire. The unwrapped portion of plant fiber is embellished with red beads on a few strands of plant fiber, clustered in the center. It has a hook and loop closure.