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Hair Pin/Comb

Western Sudan - H: 14 CM

Fine Rare Hair Pin. Fur Culture, Western Sudan

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)

Reference

M. Ginzberg, African Forms, p. 231

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H: 14 CM
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