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red plastic necklace
  • Hausa-Fulani peoples
  • red plastic necklace, 1980
  • Where object was made: purchased in Mecca, Saudi Arabia; collected in Nigeria
  • plastic, beads, paint, monofilament
  • Object Length/Width: 38 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Width: 14 15/16 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • C2011.026
Description

Necklace made from flat, red, translucent beads that have low relief decorations and Arabic calligraphy filled in with gold paint. The body of the necklace is made with circular, flat red beads alternating with small spherical beads. The flat beads are decorated on both sides with a pattern that may be Arabic calligraphy and is filled with gold paint. At the bottom are two larger flat red beads that are round at the top and pointed at the bottom. They are decorated on both sides with calligraphy filled in with gold paint. The beads are strung on a monofilament and knotted at the top.