African, Mali, Dogon peoples
Object Place: Mali
Length: 64 cm (25 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
The social function of jewelry and bodily adornments extends beyond pure decoration. Jewelry can be used a sign of wealth and prestige, a symbol of clan or familial affiliation, or portable currency. This women’s necklace may have bells affixed to it. Bells were thought to communicate with ancestral spirits because the bells could be heard in both the human and spirit world.
1983, sold by 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)
Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart