Necklace (chatchat) - ROM2019_17331_5

ROM2019_17331_5

Necklace (chatchat)

Maker: Sidi Oumba, Tuareg
Medium:Gypsum, string, brass ?
Geography: Azel, Niger
Date: 2001
Dimensions:
2.7 x 23 x 7 cm
Object number: 2012.62.40
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust Fund
Not on view
DescriptionA black necklace with seven nearly identical black gypsum pendants equally spaced on a string covered with small black gypsum beads. This type of necklace is called a chatchat, in reference to the triangular pendants that compose it. Some scholars have suggested that the pendants may represent little dolls. Gypsum chatchats are among the first items of jewellery given to girls.
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