Bag face from Kenya

Made in Kenya, 1920-1950.

Beading is an important tradition in African culture embedded with rich mythological and religious significance. They are also a symbol for status and wealth. Historically, beads were used for trading as they were commonly made from precious materials like ceramic, ivory, bone, glass, metals and stones, and were used in personal adornment, as well as in shrines and royal regalia.

This beaded bag face or pocket from Kenya forms part of an extensive collection of textiles, dress and handiwork as...

Summary

Object No.

2011/44/14

Physical Description

Bag face or pocket, leather / bone / skin, maker unknown, Kenya, 1920-1950

Shaped piece of leather ornamented with multi-coloured beads and circular bone disks with remnant of skin tie top right corner.

Marks

No marks.

Dimensions

Height

220 mm

Width

185 mm

Production

Notes

This bag face or pocket was made by an unknown maker in Kenya between 1920-1950. It is made from a piece of leather decorated with beads and circular bone disks.

Made

1920-1950

History

Notes

This pouch was collected by Mrs Helen Crocker during her travels to Africa between 1953 and 2001.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Peter Crocker, 2011

Acquisition Date

11 July 2011

Cite this Object

Harvard

Bag face from Kenya 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 November 2018, <https://ma.as/402329>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/402329 |title=Bag face from Kenya |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=19 November 2018 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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