AUD $140.00

Masaii, Brass Ear Coils

Here are a pair of very "hand beaten" brass coils, which are worn over the head, hanging down as "temporals" over the temples, in front of their ears, by Masaii women in Kenya. These darkly patinated, pitted, and beaten round brass coils are joined with a thin strip of rawhide sewn with a fine twisted vegetable fibre (possibly jute?) They have an almost round profile slightly flattened on their inner surface to aid in the coiling.

Collected used and already old by Pete Baumgarten in the mid 1970's, for the exhibitons he used to have on his return,  before he opened our shop. They've been hanging decorating the walls in our workshop for decades now. 

It would seem obvious to me that you wouldn't attempt polishing them, as it has taken many decades for them to acquire this colour.

If you want them shiny buy some new "touristy" ones. As these are intact and quite collectable because of their condition alone.

We may still have a similar, but younger pair, see ME100.

 

 

Age:  Mid 20th Century

Size: W 56 mm X L 595 mm (including leather.)

Weight: 105 grams