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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

African ➔ Beaded Masai Wedding Necklace

Stiff, flat round collar type necklace with square tab at the bottom, is made of oragne, blue, green white, red and black seed beads. The bead are attached to a still piece of leather with wire. The collar is split in the center back and there is a wire fastener. Two rows of yellow, two rowds of red and two rows of alternating black and white beads form the other edge. There are five single long strands of one color beads (blue, red and white) that hang down the front.;Purchased specifically for use as a hands-on item for the Newcomer culture kit.;Purchased from local African-American Art Gallery for use as handsw-on items for Newcomers exhibit culture kit;This typeof necklace is made by the Maasai people of central Kenya and Tanzania. They are called "engarewa" and are a traditional ornament worn for weddings and when a Maaasia woman goes to the home of her husband for the first time. The neclaces are hand-made by the mothers of the young girl to be married. Red, orange, blue, white and green are traditional colors. THe triangles on the collar denote tribal clan.
Beads, Leather, Wire
13" h
Current Location Status:
Education Program
Museum Purchase
Discovery Kit: Jewelry (October 14 2019)

Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.

Bayard Gallery of Fine African-American Art