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Traditional Himba necklace, Ovahimba (N° 20057)
Precious element of the dowry, this necklace of adult Himbas women consists of a white shell "Ohumba" (Conus Betulinus ) symbol of fertility, and numerous metal beads, which are separated by leather straps, threaded on a cord. This jewelry is passed down from mother to daughter.
The Himbas are a Bantu people of semi-nomadic pastoralists, of animist religion, living in the north of Namibia in the region of Kaokoland ("distant lands"). The women are renowned for their beauty and their heavy ornaments of necklaces and bracelets. To protect themselves, they coat their bodies and their braided hair with a preparation made of ochre, hematite and animal fat.
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|Material(s)||coquillage, metal, cuir, graine|
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