This pair of fine hair pins, made from two thin pieces of bone, exhibit slightly curved, tapering forms. The surface of the pins have been decorated with a series of circle-and-dot motifs - a protective symbol found throughout the African continent.
These pins, made from the same hand, were worn in the hair as a dual decoration. Pieces such as this were worn by the Fur of Western Sudan, but also traded and traditionally worn as far as north-eastern DRC.
Ex Clive Loveless, London.