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East Africa Art

Aug 21 '12

Pair of Beaded Earflaps, Maasai People, Kenya, 20th Century
Beads, leather

Married Maasai women wear beaded leather flaps attached to their ears as an important marker of family affiliation through marriage. Earflaps may also denote the sub-ethnic group of the wearer. Even though they are considered to be a pair, the two beaded patterns are different, reflecting the Maasai preference for asymmetry.

Source: Harn Museum of Art via http://non-westernhistoricalfashion.tumblr.com/

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