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Head Ornament

A work made of nylon and polypropylene hair, amber, coral, shell, silver, carnelian, and glass beads.

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  • A work made of nylon and polypropylene hair, amber, coral, shell, silver, carnelian, and glass beads.

Date:

After 1960

Artist:

Tekna
Laayoune, Western Sahara
Northern Africa and the Sahel

About this artwork

In contrast with the silver head ornaments of the Imazighen peoples of Algeria and Morocco on display nearby, those of the Tekna and other Hassaniya-speaking peoples are made of finely knotted and twisted horsehair or synthetic hair that is decorated with beads in a variety of materials—ebony, silver, coral, glass, and shell— and semiprecious stones. Such ornaments blend into the hairlike wigs of those who wear them.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Tekna

Title

Head Ornament

Place

Morocco (Object made in)

Date

1960–1999

Medium

Nylon and polypropylene hair, amber, coral, shell, silver, carnelian, and glass beads

Dimensions

12.5 × 18 × 4.6 cm (4 15/16 × 7 1/8 × 1 13/16 in.)

Credit Line

Alsdorf Foundation - James and Marilynn Alsdorf Acquisition Fund

Reference Number

2009.574

Extended information about this artwork

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