Lokoya fringe apron

Lokoya fringe apron
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Accession Number:
[Southern Sudan] [Al Istiwa'iyah] [Equatoria] Bahr el Jebel Liria
Cultural Group:
Lokoya ?Irya and Owe
Date Made:
By 1940
Animal Hide Skin , Iron Metal
Forged (Metal) , Hammered , Bent , Perforated
L = 960, W belt = 13.5, th = 3; cylinders L = 78.3 to 149, diam = 14.5 x 11 mm [RTS 31/3/2005].
605 g
Other Owners:
Samuel P. Powell
Field Collector:
Samuel P. Powell
PRM Source:
Samuel P. Powell
Loaned July 1940
Collected Date:
By 1940
Girl's fringe apron consisting of a narrow rectangular strip of dark brown animal hide (Pantone 7533C), tooled on the outside face to give it a textured surface, and with the occasional trace of red ochre in the resulting grooves. This has one narrow, tapering end, while the other end has been perforated, bent over and tied through itself to create a small loop. The body has been pierced 16 times along its length, with an iron ring fitted through each hole. These rings are made from round sectioned rods bent into loops with their ends either touching or overlapping, although one ring has a rectangular rather than a round section. Narrow strips of sheet iron has been hammered out to have a convex outer face, then doubled over each ring, with the long sides pressed together to form elongated hollow cylinders with long seams running down both edges. The cylinders vary in length, with the longer ones at the centre; this creates a metal fringe apron, which is positioned about two thirds the way along the length of the belt. Consequently, the apron was probably tied at the side of the waist, rather than at the back. It is complete, but the hide strip has begun to tear at its centre from the weight of the iron, which is still a metallic gray colour (Pantone 877C) and has little surface corrosion. It has a weight of 605 grams and is 960 mm long; the hide belt is 13.5 mm wide and 3 mm thick; the iron rings have a typical diameter of 23 mm and width of 2.3 mm; the iron cylinders range from 78.3 to 149 mm in length, and have a typical body diameter of 14.5 by 11 mm.

Collected by Samuel P. Powell from the 'Oxoriok' at Liria, and loaned to the Pitt Rivers Museum in 1940.
Oxoriok is another name for the Lokoya. For discussions of the Lokoya, see G.W.B. Huntingford, 1953, The Northern Nilo-Hamites, p. 75-78, and C.G. Seligman, Pagan Tribes, pp 340-345.

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. 313] 1940.7.078 - Girl's sporran, metal tubes hung from strap. OXORIOK, from LIRIA, EQUATORIAL PROVINCE, A.[NGLO]-E[GYPTIAN]. SUDAN.

Card Catalogue Entry - There is no further information on the catalogue card [RTS 28/1/2004].

Related Documents File
- Appears on undated typed list: "Oxoriok girls sporran (metal tubes) from Liria E.P.". List is annotated by hand on back: "List of Curios" and "Far from complete" [RTS 16/12/2003].

Pitt Rivers Museum label - Girl's sporran. OXORIAK. LIRIA, Sudan. Equatorial Province. S.P. Powell. 1940.7.078 [brown luggage label, tied to object; RTS 31/3/2005].

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