A waist skin belt decorated with beads and chains which are attached to the belt with a leather thread calledruga which is obtained from the back of an animal. The beads are arranged to form same rectangular patterns of rectangular patterns of white, blue, red and green beads. This belt was made and worn by men during special dance like kibata, mucungwa, nguru and mugoiyo. A man not wearing this belt can not get a girl easily. The belt is considered as a special ornament and a sign of importance and wealth. It is worth a number of goats or a bull and states one's position in the community.


  • Title: Belt
  • Location: Kenya
  • Rights: National Museums of Kenya
  • Medium: Leather, Brass & Beads
  • Photographer: Gibsphotography
  • Community: Maasai
  • Collection Date: 1969-08-08
  • Collected By: Samuel Munyambu

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