Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of men's ear ornaments
  • Maasai peoples
  • pair of men's ear ornaments, late 1800s–1968
  • Where object was made: Kenya
  • beads, wire
  • Object Length/Width: a) 9.5 x 5.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: a) 3 3/4 x 2 3/16 in
    Object Length/Width: b) 8.5 x 5.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: b) 3 3/8 x 2 3/16 in
  • Gift of Karen Sueetta Joyce
  • On view: Gallery 405, Metal Drawer 4
  • 2007.0918.a,b
Description
Exhibitions

This is a pair of men's ear ornaments worn draped over the top of the ear. The wire loops are covered in primarily light green beads, with red and white, and a larger red bead at the bottom.

These are worn when men reach the status of elder.