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Kikuyu Beaded Leather Belt

Tribe Dynasty

Maasai

Country Of Origin

Kenya

Date

First half 20th century

Size

95.5 x 3.5 cms (37½ x 1½ ins)

Materials

European leather belt, glass beads

Technique

Beadwork

Condition

Excellent condition

A European leather belt has been beaded with the wavy lines and arches used by the Kikuyu and the Maasai. The palette is typical of early 20th century pieces especially the absence the orange and bright green beads used in so many later pieces. It has what look like the beaded initials “KN” at one end suggesting that the belt was decorated for a European.

We had previously attributed this belt to the Maasai but after more research and with the confirmation of our old pal Jeff Spurr we have now settled on the Kikuyu as the attribution.

References

  • There is a very similar piece in the collection of the Museum of Natural History in New York, Catalog No: 90.1/ 7653. It was donated to the museum in 1944.

Price

Price on request

Reference No

2307

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