This fine small multi-pronged bone hairpin from the Darfur region of Sudan, similar to types seen among the Mangbetu in the north-eastern DRC, was crafted on a hand-turned lathe which were not to be found outside of Sudan and Ethiopia. The bone hair pin is adorned with intricate black circle-and-dot decorations.
This design, found on Ethiopian talismans and Sudanese rings, has served as a traditional protective symbol in Africa throughout the centuries.
Estimated Period: Fist Half of 20th Century (1930's - 1940's)
M. Ginzberg, African Forms, p. 231