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The social function of jewelry and bodily adornments extends beyond pure decoration. Jewelry can be used a sign of wealth and prestige, a symbol of clan or familial affiliation, or portable currency. This women's necklace may have bells affixed to it. Bells were thought to communicate with...

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1983, sold by 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)

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Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Mali, Dogon peoples, 20th century

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Length: 64 cm (25 3/16 in.)

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Africa and Oceania


Jewelry / Adornment, Necklaces, Neck Bands