Beads on leather wrist ornament made in imitation of a watch. The strap is decorated with lines of green, red, blue, white and orange beads, and the face is decorated with circles of red, blue and white beads, with a cross pattern and a button sewn in the middle. Made by a boy's sister or mother. Beads and buttons come from the duka, sewn onto cowhide with cow's neck ligament (MPITO) and red nylon thread. Worn by boys from about 13 years old to circumcision. When he is a moran he will have to give this away and get a new one.

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