Maasai Armlet - Kenya

This type of arm ornament, known as errap, was worn on the upper arm and was reserved for use by warriors who had taken life in battle. Carved of cow horn and wrapped in copper wire, its form recalls the head and horns of an animal. The elegant dialogue of curve and angle at play in this piece imbues it with an energetic sense of poise and generates a marvelous sculptural rhythm.

Maasai
Horn, copper wire
Early 20th century
H 8.5" W 4.5"
Private New York collection
#425
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