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...
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.