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Belt (Enailianga)

Belt (Enailianga)

This belt is worn by young girls and is the first gift that she receives from her mother. As soon she is initiated, she no longer uses this belt and passes it on to her younger sisters. Girls from all Maasai sections wear similar belts, though every section has its own patterns. For example, the Kaputiei section uses triangle patterns and in Tanzania, the Kisongo use diamond patterns. All sections use the same colors.

Glass beads, leather, and sisal twine
39 in. x 2 3/4 in.
General Acquisition Fund
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Art from Africa: Long Steps Never Broke a Back, February 7, 2002-April 30, 2006

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, A Maasai Community Adorns a Bride, May 31, 2001 - March 1, 2005

Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.

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