X93.31.1 Beaded necklace

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Beaded necklace
Yoruba peoples
Glass beads, cloth, thread, wood, plant fiber
19th century
112 cm (44.0 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Hammer. X93.31.1


This appears to be a variant of the diviner’s odigba necklace. The two miniature pouches have been replaced by massive strands of blue (segi), black, red, and multicolor beads. Most are loose at the ends but two multistrand clusters of red beads terminate in bisected globular beads at the ends of two cylindrical blue beads.

Source: Drewal, H., Mason, J. (1998). “Beads, Body, and Soul – Art and Light in the Yoruba Universe”, Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. page 236