About this object

Brightly coloured beaded belt with European metal buckle. Belt trimmed with white beads along both edges. Design consists of a line diamonds in ochre outline, each filled with interlocking triangles in varying colours. Metal buckle is scalloped rectangle with oval panel in the centre depicting a sailing ship in repoussé. Black, white, blue, ochre, and green coloured beads.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Central Africa: Gabon
  • Date made
    1883 before
  • Materials
    Bead; Copper; Iron; Fibre
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Gift of J.G.C. Harrison, 1883.
  • Collector
    J G C Harrison
  • Place collected
    Africa: Central Africa: Gabon
  • Date collected
    1883 before
  • Measurements
    55 mm x 560 mm; 2 3/16 in x 22 1/16 in
  • Note
    GALLERY LABEL: The niece of an Mpongue chief called Ngorlay made this beaded belt. The European buckle suggests that the belt would have belonged to a wealthy person who traded with Europeans. STOCKBOOK: Bead belt. English beads and buckle native patterns, a family pattern each family has its own pattern (G. J. C. H). From Ashira, made by niece of a King named Ngorlay.
  • Related people
    J G C Harrison ( Collector, donor)
Object view = Humanities
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