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dallal (women's hair ornament)
  • Bakheita Hamid Hanai
  • dallal (women's hair ornament), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: near Kadugli, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • beads, cotton, leather
  • Object Length/Width: 47 x 9 cm
    Object Length/Width: 18 1/2 x 3 1/2 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0857

The five strings of beads of different colors are separated by leather spacers with black tassels on each end. Three bead tassels hang from the strings of beads.

This is worn by women or girls across the back of the head. It would be tied into the woman's braids. It was worn typically for special occasions.