Arab bull trappings

Arab bull trappings

Accession Number:
[1954.5.170 .1] [1954.5.170 .a]
[Southern Sudan] White Nile Kosti
Cultural Group:
Date Made:
By 1936
Animal Leather Skin , Cowrie Shell , Brass Metal
Other Owners:
Anthony John Arkell, deposited in the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Cambridge in 1937; passed onto the PRM at Arkell's request in 1954.
Field Collector:
Anthony John Arkell
PRM Source:
Anthony John Arkell
Donated May 1954
Collected Date:
1934 - 1936
Leather trappings for the head of bull, made of 3 sets of fringes on a band decorated with cowrie shells and a brass button, bearing a crescent moon and star. It is of Arab origin, and was part of the equipment of a bride. For the other pieces of this harness, see 1954.5.170.2-4.

Collected by Anthony John Arkell at Kosti in the Sudan between 1934 and 1936, and deposited in the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge in 1937; passed onto the Pitt Rivers Museum at Arkell's request in 1954.

Rachael Sparks 27/9/2005.

Primary Documentation:
Accession Book Entry - [p. 148] - DR. A.J. ARKELL, DEPT. OF EGYPTOLOGY, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON, GOWER ST, W.C.1. Collection made by him in the SUDAN in 1934-6, part of which came to the Museum at that time. See IX. 276. [p. 162] 1954.5.170 a-d. - WHITE NILE, KOSTI, ARAB. Bride's bull trappings. of leather with long fringes. (a) for head, 3 sets of fringes on band decorated with cowry [sic] shells & a brass button with crescent moon & star [...] (37D.245A-D).
Additional Accession Book Entry [facing p. 148] - This collection was lent to the Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Cambridge. Numbers in brackets are from its catalogue.

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