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Hair Pin

Kwere, Tanzania

Hair Pin. Kwere Culture, Tanzania

Finely carved into a geometric form, the finial of this long hair pin has been decorated on both sides with intricate Swahili designs, similar to those found on furniture and utilitarian items along the Tanzanian coast. 

Among the Kwere of Tanzania, elaborate hair pins such as this would have been given as bridal or dowry gifts by a man to a woman, often by a father of the bride to his daughter. Kept as a symbol of marriage, these prized possessions would be passed down the generations.

Estimated Period: Mid 20th Century

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