Item 1927.1666 A - Bone hairpin with spoon at top

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Bone hairpin with spoon at top

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  • Source of title proper: Nessa Leibhammer for FHYA using MAA materials

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1927.1666 A

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[Source - Nessa Leibhammer for FHYA using MAA materials, 2017: ID NO: 1927.1666 A]

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[Source - MAA, 2017:
Name: Bone hairpin with spoon on top
Keyword: Personal Adornment; Toilet and Hygiene, ?Food Preparation; Tools; ?Narcotics and Intoxicants
Material: Bone
Descriptions: Bone hairpin with a spoon at top
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Dimensions: 16.7 cm long, 1.7 cm wide, 0.4 cm high
Source: Haddon, A. C. (donor)
Place: Africa; Southern Africa; ?South Africa; ?South East Africa
Contexts: On display in the 'Origins of the Afro Comb: 6000 years of Culture, Politics and Identity' exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum July 1-November 3 2013. The exhibition label for B states:'Bone, black pigment and wax hair pin and snuff spoon Before 1927 Probably from South Africa Probably made by a South African artist Donated by A. C. Haddon'. The label for A states: 'Bone, black pigment and wax hair pin and snuff spoon Before 1927 Probably from South Africa Probably made by a South African artist Donated by A. C. Haddon.' A and B: 'The combs and snuff-spoons that are part of the traditional cultures of South Africa, including but not exclusively Zulu, are worn as decorative elements in the hair, but also convey status and spirituality. Snuff was, at one time, a rare commodity and so owning it represented wealth; at the same time the effects of snuff linked the users to their ancestors.'
Updated: 09/12/2016 (MAA)
Created: 01/11/1998]

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