Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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betrothal necklace
  • unknown Maasai maker
  • betrothal necklace, late 1800s–1968
  • Where object was made: Kenya
  • beads, wire, metal
  • Object Diameter: 42 cm
    Object Diameter: 16 9/16 in
  • Gift of Karen Sueetta Joyce
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0914.01
Label Text

This is identified as a betrothal necklace. It is a large set of concentric wire rings, beaded with light blue, red, orange, green, white, and the outermost ring is dark blue with larger yellow beads.

These necklaces are typically only worn during times of celebration.