- Label Text
- Shaped like bovine horns, these rings are essentially an ode to cattle. Several eastern African groups traditionally ordered their life around their herds--the cattle determined age grades, wealth and the society's structure. Expressions of admiration for the venerated animal included physically changing the shape of the cow's horns, creating poetry about the ox or giving jewelry to both people and cattle.
- Ivory ring with projecting U horns.
- Eliot Elisfon, New York, collected Sudan, 1947 to 1973
- Exhibition History
- Africa ReViewed: The Photographic Legacy of Eliot Elisofon, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 21, 2013-December 14, 2014
- Artful Animals, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., July 1, 2009-July 25, 2010
- Treasures 2008, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., April 9-August 24, 2008
- Published References
- Patton, Sharon F. and Bryna Freyer. 2008. Treasures 2008. Washington, D.C.: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, pp. 104-105.
- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Dinka artist
- Early to mid-20th century
- Credit Line
- Bequest of Eliot Elisofon
- H x W x D: 3.8 x 2.2 x 0.6 cm (1 1/2 x 7/8 x 1/4 in.)