Necklace

African, Mali, Dogon peoples
20th century
Artist Unidentified


Object Place: Mali

Dimensions

Length: 64 cm (25 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2610

Medium or Technique

metal?

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art, Jewelry

Classifications

Necklaces and neck bands

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart