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Hip ornament

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This woman's hip ornament comes from the Verre peoples, who live on the border of Nigeria and Cameroon. Beyond beauty it expressed its wearer's prosperity and cultural identity.


1965, sold by Pierre Verité, Galerie Carrefour, Paris, to Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Verre peoples, Nigeria or Cameroon, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Nigeria or Cameroon


Overall: 50 x 16 x 15 cm (19 11/16 x 6 5/16 x 5 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Copper alloy, cord


Africa and Oceania


Jewelry / Adornment