Hip ornament

Verre peoples
20th century, 1950–2000
Artist Unidentified


Object Place: Nigeria or Cameroon

Dimensions

Overall: 50 x 16 x 15 cm (19 11/16 x 6 5/16 x 5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2732

Medium or Technique

Copper alloy, cord

On View

Richard B. Carter Gallery (Gallery 171)

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art, Jewelry

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment

This woman’s hip ornament comes from the Verre peoples, who live on the border of Nigeria and Cameroon. Beyond beauty it expressed its wearer’s prosperity and cultural identity.

Provenance

1965, sold by Pierre Verité, Galerie Carrefour, Paris, to Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart