This is a social status object which shows that one has a son. It is made by the old women when the first born son is given a name. This may be six months or more after the birth, as the ceremony must wait until the bull to be slaughtered is big enough. A sakha must have an even number of tails. A sakha is the sign of having a son. If woman has not give birth to a boy, she will not have any sakha.


  • Title: Social status object
  • Location: Kenya
  • Type: Social status Object
  • Rights: National Museums of Kenya
  • Medium: Leather, gourd, cowrie shell
  • Photographer: GibsPhotography
  • Local Name: Sakha
  • Community: Boran
  • Collection Date: 1976-01-04
  • Collected By: J.Frentz

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