Hip ornament

20th century, 1950–2000
Artist Unidentified

Object Place: Nigeria or Cameroon


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Copper alloy, cord

On View

Richard B. Carter Gallery (Gallery 171)


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art, Jewelry


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.


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