Pendant Bead from Healer’s decorated necklace, West-central Africa, 1880-1920

Made:
1880-1920

Pendant Bead from, Healer’s circlet (necklace), decorated with red and blue beads, cowrie shells, front has fringe of pendant beads, west-central Africa, 1880-1920

A circlet (necklace) from a healer's costume. It is decorated with red and blue beads, cowrie shells and a fringe of pendant beads hanging at the front. The healer's costume adds to the drama of healing ceremonies, demonstrating that the cause of illness is serious and thus the therapy is more intense.

Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
A301664/2
Materials:
beads, glass, cane, leather
type:
bead - pierced object
taxonomy:
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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