Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Khoisan peoples
  • headband, circa 1980
  • Where object was made: Botswana
  • ostrich egg shell beads, cotton string
  • Object Height/Width: 6 x 24.5 cm flat
    Object Height/Width: 2 3/8 x 9 5/8 in flat
  • Gift of Reinhild Janzen
  • Not on display
  • 2017.0068
Label Text

Wide headband made from ostrich egg shell beads. Each bead is flat and round with a hole in the center and they are woven together in an offset pattern with the wide parts of the beads together. In the center of the headband there is a horizontal strip where the beads are woven together with the centers lined up, giving that row a denser texture. In the center of the band there is a rectangular tab that extends down from the bottom edge.