Pitt Rivers Museum Anthropology and World Archaology




Ostrich egg-shell necklace



Collected by Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton and Hannah Powell-Cotton

Given to the Museum in 1934

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Ostrich egg-shell necklace, Sudan

Ostrich egg shells have been used to make beads in Africa for 10,000 years, and ostrich egg shell beads are still made today in some areas. Traditionally, ostrich egg-shell beads were made by women. Drilled stone beads were more often made by men. This ostrich egg-shell necklace was collected in 1933 in Sudan.

View database record 1934.8.69