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beaded headdress or neckpiece
  • Maasai or Turkana peoples
  • beaded headdress or neckpiece, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Kenya
  • beads, leather, string
  • Object Diameter: 15 cm
    Object Diameter: 5 7/8 in
  • Anonymous gift
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0923

The headdress is made of three leather rectangles with circles at the bottom, which have beads of white, red, and black sewn on. The circles have an orange or green bead at the center. The leather pieces are attached so the circles form a row and the rectangles are directed upwards. The rectangles are joined by strings of red and blue beads that drape around the back.