Necklace

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Description
Asymmetrical gold (probably gold plated) necklace with 3-piece hinged pendant of applied stylized bird in various openwork and geometric designs, as well as impressed texturization. Five disks with impressed design of sunburst dangle from the central element of the pendant. The pendant hangs on a twisted chain with modern springring clasp. The necklace is probably manufactured and possibly of non-African origin (possibly Mecca).
Provenance
Marian Johnson, purchased in Dakar, Senegal, 1963-late 20th century to 2012
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Marian Ashby Johnson
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National Museum of African Art Collection
Late 20th century
Object number
2012-18-36
Wolof artist
Topic
bird
Adornment
Female use
geometric motif
Geography
Senegal
Medium
Gold
Dimensions
Pendant: 5.9 x 6.6 x 0.2 cm (2 5/16 x 2 5/8 x 1/16 in.) L: 49 cm (19 5/16 in.)
National Museum of African Art
Type
Costume Accessory