This is based on a traditional Maasai beaded necklace of the same form, possible a bridal piece, but instead is made entirely of metal – iron and copper alloy. Iron is commonly believed to have protective properties, especially when worn on the body. This would have been an expensive item to acquire.

Object Summary

Museum Number 76/1960/9
Simple Name necklace
Full Name necklace
Common Name necklace
Production country Kenya
Material iron; copper alloy
Collection class Personal ornament
Collection continent Africa
Collection area/region E
Production county Killimanjaro
Production continent Africa
Production year high 1960
Cultural group Maasai