Typical necklace of Maasai women and girls. One or two are worn every day and up to seven of increasing sizes for ceremonies. These stiff bead collars are worn so that they thump up and down when the women dance so that they can be seen and heard.
|Full Name||collar necklace|
|Common Name||collar necklace|
|Material||glass ; iron|
|Collection class||Clothing and accessories|
|Production year high||1973|
|Function name||adornment and dance regalia|
|Function detail||Maasai use colour to give the maximum eye impact. The colours and patterns of beadwork overlap somewhat with the colours and patterns of domestic animals especially cattle. They like the contrast of colours and also to use complimentary colours often mediated by white.|