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Beaded Earflap

Pair of Beaded Earflaps

Maasai People
Kenya
Pair of Beaded Earflaps
20th Century
Beads, leather
Anonymous gift
2006.2.46-7

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.

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