Kakwa arm ornament

Kakwa arm ornament
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Accession Number:
[Southern Sudan] Bahr el Jebel near Kajo Kaji
Cultural Group:
Date Made:
By 1940
Animal Ivory Tooth
Carved , Polished
Max Diam [external] = 120.3 by 114 Max Diam [internal] = 76 by 73.4 mm Max W [ring] = 19.3 to 24.5 Max Th [ring] = 9 to 12 mm [RTS 1/3/2005].
105.7 g
Other Owners:
Samuel P. Powell
Field Collector:
Samuel P. Powell
PRM Source:
Samuel P. Powell
Loaned July 1940
Collected Date:
By 1940
Annular arm ornament carved from a single piece of ivory, consisting of an oval ring with flat underside, convex outside face, and a flat upper surface that slopes down on the inside towards a flat inner face, where the object would rest against the owner's arm or wrist. This produces a largely rectangular section. The large central opening is also oval in plan view, with slightly irregular edges, so that the armlet varies in width across its body. It is complete and intact; the surface has been highly polished, and is a yellow colour (Pantone 7509C), except around the inside face, which shows the grain of the ivory and is a darker brown colour (Pantone 469C); this may have been heat treated, perhaps as part of the process of cutting out the centre. This surface is rough and unpolished. There are numerous hairline cracks across the surface. It has a weight of 105.7 grams, and measures 120.3 by 114 mm across the outside edges, and 76 by 73.4 mm across the inside edges; the ring has a body width that varies from 19.3 to 24.5 mm, and is 9 to 12 mm thick.

Collected by Samuel P. Powell from the Kakwa, near Kajo Kaji in the Bahr el Jebel administrative district of the Southern Sudan, and loaned to the Pitt Rivers Museum in 1940.

Rachael Sparks 14/9/2005.

Primary Documentation:
Accession Book Entry [Loans II, p. 308] - ESTATE OF S.P. POWELL, C/O N.H. HASLAM, Esq. Manager, Westminster Bank, Stony Stratford, Bucks. Collected by himself. Data from his labels and notes. [p. 316] 1940.7.0106 - Ivory armlet. KAKWA TRIBE, near KAJO KAJI, S. SUDAN.

Card Catalogue Entry - There is no further information on the catalogue card [RTS 27/4/2004].

Related Documents File - Appears on undated typed list: "Kakwa ivory bangle from Kajo Kaji district". List is annotated by hand on back: "List of Curios" and "Far from complete" [RTS 16/12/2003].

Pitt Rivers Museum label - Ivory
bangle armlet. Kakwa. Nr Kajo Kaji, S. Sudan. S.P. Powell 1940.7.0106 [brown luggage label, tied to object] [EC 'DCF 2004-2006 What's Upstairs?' 20/10/2005]

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