No items found.
No items found.

Beaded Earrings

Maasai, Kenya/Tanzania. £450

Pair of Beaded Earrings. Maasai Culture, Kenya/Tanzania

This pair of large earrings would have been worn by a Maasai woman, as a vibrant visual emblem of her married status, and a display of wealth and prestige. The shape of each earring is reminiscent of an abstracted figurative form. The long, curved extensions on either side are features that make these earrings particularly special. Hanging metal pendants, adorning the earrings, are testament to the Maasai’s creative re-working of aluminium as a prestige material.

Among the Maasai, the transition from one life stage to the next is often accompanied by a change in adornment, which are predominantly made from beads. Beadwork has a long history in Maasai culture, and is a significant ‘material language’. The beaded jewellery adorning an individual signifies their age and social status, with the colours of the beads carrying specific meanings and symbolism.

Estimated Period: Second Half of 20th Century

(Click on images to enlarge)

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
H x W (As Mounted): 34 CM X 32 CM
unknown yet


This website is not supported in Internet Explorer. To view this website, please upgrade to a better browser.
Click here to download Google Chrome.