cuirass; body covering

Rectangular bearskin cuirass, with a hole for the head and flaps to protect the shoulders. The body is protected to below the waist on the front, but the reverse is not covered. It is decorated on the upper half with two rectangles oultined in cowrie shells, one on each side, each surrounding a shell disc. Below each rectangle is a row of strings of coloured beads and small brass bells. The rectangles are made into horizontal flaps by slits in the bearskin. The lower part is divided into three vertical flaps, each surrounded by a row of cowrie shells, the middle flap with two additional vertical rows of cowries at the centre, each surrounding a vertical rows of shell discs. The fur is worn on the outside. 1273h x 585 w.

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