Bari fringe apron

Bari fringe apron
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Accession Number:
[Southern Sudan] Bahr el Jebel Peridi
Cultural Group:
Date Made:
By 1933
Animal Hide Skin
Perforated , Bound , Twisted , Knotted
Total L = 370; belt W = 16, th = 1.5; fringe body W = 300, L = 160, cord diam = 1.5 mm [RTS 16/9/2005].
250.3 g
Other Owners:
Collected by Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton and his wife on 9th February 1933 during a shooting expedition
Field Collector:
Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton & Hannah Powell-Cotton (nee Brayton)
PRM Source:
Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton
Donated 1934
Collected Date:
9th February 1933
Fringe apron consisting of a narrow dark brown hide belt (Pantone Black 4C), perforated at either end and sewn onto a rectangular fringe body with hide cord. The body has been made from bundles of twisted hide cord, doubled over at the top and arranged side by side with the loose ends hanging down to form a thick fringe. The upper part of each bundle is quite stiff, and may have been formed over some kind of core material, tightly bound round with cord, with the bundles sewn together to form a thick waist band using a combination of cord and narrow hide thongs. The base of each fringe has been knotted. The apron is nearly complete, but several of the fringe strips have broken and are fraying and the hide surface is flaking. The body has also been coated with ochre, giving it a reddish brown colour (Pantone 7516C). It has a weight of 250.3 grams, with a total length of 370 mm; the hide belt is 16 mm wide and 1.5 mm thick; the fringe body is 300 mm wide and 160 mm long, and the fringe cords have a diameter of 1.5 mm.

Collected by Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton and his wife Hannah at Peridi on 9th February 1933 during a shooting expedition. While the precise location of Peridi has yet to be established (it lies at co-ordinates
5.23 N., 31.49 E) , it is probably to be located in the modern administrative district of Bahr el Jebel, Southern Sudan, west of Mongalla.

For similar fringe aprons, see 1934.8.46 and 1940.7.09-10, also from the Bari.

Rachael Sparks 24/9/2005.

Primary Documentation:
Accession Book Entry [p. 248] 1934 [insert] 8 [end insert] - MAJOR P. H. G. POWELL-COTTON , Quex Park, Birchington, E. Kent. Specimens collected by himself & Mrs Cotton, during hunting trips, 1933, viz: [...] [p. 252] - From the BARI tribe, MONGALLA, PERIDI and NGANGALA. [insert] 45 [end insert] - Fringe skirt or apron with hide belt, PERIDI (204).

Card Catalogue Entry - There is no further information on the catalogue card [RTS 10/2/2004].

Pitt Rivers Museum label - (204) Fringe-skirt with belt. BARI, PERIDI, E. SUDAN. 5° 23' N., 31° 49' E. d.d. Major Powell-Cotton, 1934 [rectangular metal-edged label, tied to object; RTS 16/9/2005].

Related Documents File - Typewritten List of "Curios Presented to Dr. Balfour by Major & Mrs. Powell-Cotton. Barri Tribe". This object appears as item 204: "Fibre string fringe, much worn, with leather belt, 9/2/33 Peridi, 5.23 N. 31.49 E". Also contains details of a cine film 'some tribes of the Southern Sudan', taken by Powell-Cotton during this 1933 expedition, copies of which are now in the National Film and Television Archive and the Powell-Cotton Museum in Kent [RTS 14/3/2005].

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