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23. Turkana Neck Adornment with Iron and Copper Beads. Northern Kenya

£350

Iron and Copper Beaded Neck Adornment. Turkana Culture, Kenya

This neck adornment features a mixture of iron, copper and glass beads.. The raw iron ore and copper used to make the beads are locally sourced from the Lake Turkana region. They are then cut, bent and beaten into shape. Each bead is therefore entirely different in size and shape to the next. Later the Turkana turned to aluminium, which was imported in the 1930's - 50's via cooking pots and aeroplane parts, to melt and fashion and then to adorn their jewellery and costumes.

Estimated Period: 1940's or Before

Ex Private Collection, UK

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