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Afrikan necklace 2

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Necklace 2:  components: cowries, West Afrika British colonial coins, dun dun sule beads (Fulani wedding beads), carnelian gemstone beads, small brown and white glass bead clusters.

Cowry shells were the first widely used form of currency in the Afrikan continent.  The silver coins are colonial currency minted specifically for use in Afrikan colonies following the Berlin Conference of 1884 where the European decided how they would divide the Afrikan continent and its resources among themselves.  Dun dun sule, the traditional name for Fulani wedding beads are glass and worn by betrothed Fulani girls.

  • Cowry shells examples shown above: the cowry shell is used widely throughout West and Central Afrika. The particular cowry I use is called money cowry. It was harvested off of the coast of Angola and traded in Congo and as far west as Benin in West Afrika. This cowry differs visually from other forms of cowry its size such as the ring top cowry which is grayish with a yellow ring encircling the top. Unlike the money cowry which is white and matt (not shiny), the ring to has a shiny finish. These generally come from parts of Asia and are often sold as Afrikan jewelry. In the 1990s the money cowry was reported to be endangered. Given the popularity of contemporary Afrikan jewelry produced for tourists and export, overharvesting should not be surprising. A third type of cowry in this size category is yellow, shiny and not Afrikan.

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