Lango arm ornament

Lango arm ornament
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Accession Number:
North of Lake Kyoga
Cultural Group:
Date Made:
By 1925
Brass Metal
L = 103 mm, W = 78 mm, th = 20.3 mm, Ht = 22.6 mm [RTS 22/3/2004].
590.6 g
Other Owners:
Jack Herbert Driberg
Field Collector:
Jack Herbert Driberg
PRM Source:
Jack Herbert Driberg
Donated 1925
Collected Date:
By 1925
Thick brass armlet made from a single rod, oval in section, slightly flattened on the inner face, and bent into an oval loop with open ends, 22 mm apart. Each end has been cut flat, and has a slight raised ridge on the top edge where the metal has spread under pressure. The surface has largely been polished smooth, but there are some large depressions on the outside of either arm, possibly where the blacksmith has hammered the sides of the object to bend it into shape. There are some smaller peck or hammer marks on the inner face, where the metal also has some cracks. The colour is currently a shiny metallic brass (Pantone 872C). Length across armlet 103 mm, width 78 mm, length across inside edges 65 mm, width of rod used to make object 20.3 mm, height 22.6 mm and weight 590.6 grams.

Collected by Jack Herbert Driberg in Uganda, North of Lake Kyoga, and donated to the Pitt Rivers Museum in 1925. These arm ornaments were worn by both men and women; museum records do not state the Lango name for this type of object.

The object is currently on display in the Lower Gallery, case 111A.

Rachael Sparks 25/9/2005.

Primary Documentation:
Accession Book Entry [VII, p. 189] - 1925 [pencil insert] 14 [end insert] J.H. DRIBERG , Esq. c/o the Postmaster, Khartoum. Specimens collected by himself among the LANGO tribe in the UGANDA PROTECTORATE, N. of LAKE KIOGA. Viz: [...] 1925.288 [pencil insert] 12 [end insert] - Heavy penannular armlet of brass (made from brass wire), worn by both sexes.
Additional Accession Book Entry [VII, p. 25 top, in pencil] - blue numbers not valid & not on specimens. Inserted by an assistant in error.

Card Catalogue Entry
- There is no further information on the catalogue card [RTS 24/5/2004].

Old Pitt Rivers Museum label - Armlet, made from brass wire, worn by both sexes. LANGO tribe, UGANDA province (N. of L. KIGGA). Pres. by J.H. Driberg, 1925. [tied to object, RTS 16/3/2004].

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