Snuff Spoon/ Hair Ornament
Ivory’s value results from its scarcity, as well as its association with the elephant, a symbol of power and strength. Ivory bracelets, decorated with engraved designs, were made by the Fur of the Darfur region of Sudan and traded as far as Eritrea and the Republic of the Congo. Hairpins from the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo are worn by both men and women to hold hats and ornate hairstyles in place. These hairpins are particularly ostentatious, since each is made from a large piece of ivory, most of which is carved away.
- Culture: Northern Nguni
- Medium: Bone or ivory
- Place Made: KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa
- Dates: 19th century
- Dimensions: 5 7/8 x 13/16 in. (14.9 x 2.1 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of Africa
- Museum Location: This item is on view in South Gallery, 1st Floor
- Accession Number: 22.1068a
- Credit Line: Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Northern Nguni. Snuff Spoon/ Hair Ornament, 19th century. Bone or ivory, 5 7/8 x 13/16 in. (14.9 x 2.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.1068a. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Pair with tops shaped like hollowed cashew nuts, and engraved. Condition: good. Piece broken off top of "b."
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)