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Hair Ornament

Arts of Africa

On View: African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
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.
CULTURES Mangbetu; or Zande
MEDIUM Ivory
DATES late 19th or early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 18 1/2 x 1/2 in. (47 x 1.3 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 22.692
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Mangbetu. Hair Ornament, late 19th or early 20th century. Ivory, 18 1/2 x 1/2 in. (47 x 1.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.692. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 22.692_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Slim, slightly curved, needle-shaped, ivory hair ornament. At wider end, shallow loss at edge, small crack down side, and tiny surface nicks in ivory. At other end, very tip missing. Condition: Fair
RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (87%)
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