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wedding necklace
  • Maasai peoples
  • wedding necklace, late 1800s–1968
  • Where object was made: Kenya
  • beads, wire, metal
  • Object Length/Diameter: 77.5 x 19 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 30 1/2 x 7 1/2 in
  • Gift of Karen Sueetta Joyce
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0914.02
Label Text

This is identified as a wedding necklace that would be worn with the larger betrothal necklace. It is a smaller ring than the betrothal necklace, which fits inside the betrothal necklace. The concentric wire rings are beaded in red, white, green, orange, light blue and yellow. There are four strings that hang down the front, one of each color: white, red, orange, and green. Each string has a small metal disc at the end, except the white string.

These necklaces are typically only worn during times of celebration.