Turkana Maiden’s Obolio (Necklace)
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Turkana Maiden’s Obolio (Necklace)Late 19th century - Mid 20th century
23 x 10.25 x 1/2 in. (58.42 x 26.035 x 1.27 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
As social status markers, the necklace’s decorations indicate a young women’s availability and are worn with allure and pride. Composed of animal hide and glass beads, the large panels of this multi-layered necklace were designed to be displayed on the wearer’s back. The three dominant colors – black, red, and white – may symbolize earth and wealth, blood and life force, and purity and innocence respectively.
This object has the following keywords:
- African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
- beads - Refers to small objects, of any shape or material, pierced so that they may be strung or hung or attached, as by sewing.
- East African - Styles and cultures of the eastern area of Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, that together with the Horn of Africa (Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea, and Ethiopia) make up Eastern Africa.
- jewelry - Ornaments such as bracelets, necklaces, and rings, of precious or semiprecious materials worn or carried on the person for adornment; also includes similar articles worn or carried for devotional or mourning purposes.
- Kenyan - Style and culture of Kenya.
- necklaces - Ornaments worn around the neck, usually in the form of chains or strands of beads, pearls, stones, or decorative or precious materials, and often including a suspended ornamental pendant. Use "chokers" for short, narrow necklaces worn close to the throat. Use "dog collars (necklaces)" for wide ornamental bands worn tightly around the neck.
- Turkana - The style and culture of an East African tribe living between Lake Rudolph and the Nile.
- A Curious Group; a cabinet of curiosities Bryn Mawr College , Apr 4, 2014 – Jun 30, 2014
- Worlds to Discover: 125 Years of Collections at Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr College , Sep 24, 2010 – May 28, 2011
- Journeys Through African Womanhood Bryn Mawr College , Feb 14, 2003 – Mar 28, 2003
- African Art in the Greater Philadelphia Area The Community College of Philadelphia with a Grant from the William Penn Foundation , Nov 12, 1999 – Dec 17, 1999
Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
Ownership End Date: 7/18/1991
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
and Emily Croll.
Worlds to Discover.
Bryn Mawr College.
Bryn Mawr, PA, 2010
Page Number: 31
and Nathanael Roesch.
A Curious Group.
Bryn Mawr College.
Bryn Mawr, PA, April 4–June 1, 2014
Figure Number: Fauna 11
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
- Deborah Stokes, "Rediscovered Treasures: African Beadwork at the Field Museum, Chicago." African Arts 32, no. 3 (Autumn 1999): 28, Figure Number: 15.
- Angela Fisher, Africa Adorned (London, England: Collins Harvill, 1989), 43.
- "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0170284.
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
- Andrew Fedders and Cynthia Salvadori. Turkana, Pastoral Craftsmen (Nairobi, Kenya: Transafrica Book Distributors in association with East African Literature Bureau, 1977),
- V. Pante and G. Mazza. Turkana (Turin, Italy: Stamperia Artistica Nazionale, ),
- Deborah Stokes, "Rediscovered Treasures: African Beadwork at the Field Museum, Chicago." African Arts 32, no. 3 (Autumn 1999): 18-31, 91.
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