Brass ear ornaments, coils

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Ear ornaments, collected c.1895-96
East Africa, Tanzania, Sukuma people
Brass wire

Donated by Dr P Rattray, 1913
Museum number 1913-137-123

In most African societies metal bracelets, anklets, collars and earrings were worn as jewellery and could also serve as currency. As currency they were not for everyday transactions but rather as a form of wealth that was easy to store and transport.

Brass ear ornaments, coils
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