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)
Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart
African, Verre peoples, Nigeria or Cameroon, 20th century, 1950–2000