Southern Larim necklet

Southern Larim necklet
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Accession Number:
[Southern Sudan] Eastern Equatoria Loryok
Cultural Group:
Southern Larim
Date Made:
By March 1979
Plant Seed , Plant Fibre
Perforated , Strung , Twisted , Tied
Max L [doubled] = 645 mm Max Diam [string] = 1 mm Max Diam [beads] = 4 mm [RTS 14/5/2004].
18 g
Other Owners:
Purchased by Jill Goudie for 50 piastres, from the base camp at Loryok for the British Institute in Eastern Africa's Expedition to the Southern Sudan, headed by Patti Langton, between 20th and 25th March 1979 [RTS 12/5/2004].
Field Collector:
Jill Goudie
PRM Source:
Patti Langton
Purchased 1979
Collected Date:
20 - 25 March 1979
Necklace made from a long length of twisted plant fibre strands, tied together at the ends. This has been threaded with a series of 445 beads, each made by perforating a small, convex sided seed with flat upper and lower surfaces. The surface of each bead is a glossy black colour (Pantone black 7C), with white areas at either end; these are all of similar size and currently complete. The cord is also complete, and currently a light yellowish brown colour (Pantone 465C). The necklace has a length, as tied, of 645 mm; the string has a diameter of 1 mm and the beads a diameter of 4 mm and thickness of 2.5 to 3 mm. The necklace as a whole weighs 18 grams. The seeds have not been identified, and it is not known if they might be poisonous.

Purchased by Jill Goudie at Loryok for 50 piastres, sometime between 20th and 25th March 1979, as part of the British Institute in Eastern Africa's Expedition to the Southern Sudan, headed by Patti Langton. She did not record its Southern Larim name.

Rachael Sparks 8/9/2005.

Primary Documentation:
Accession Book Entry - [p. 185] 1979.20 (.1 - 206) P[urchase] MISS PATTI LANGTON, DEPT. of ETHNOLOGY & PREHISTORY, OXFORD. Collection made by Patti Langton during the British Institute in East Africa's expedition to the Southern Sudan; Jan. - April 1979. The collection was made in three culture areas during the dry season. The amount paid for each object is listed if the information is known. In Jan. 1979 £1 is equivalent to 95 piastres (pt.) Sudanese. This documentation is based largely upon Patti's own list of objects and her notes on these. Sometimes objects included in the Pitt Rivers alootment of the collection do not appear on her list and have been added here. See Related Documents file as well. [p. 204] 1979.20.136 - 193 SOUTHERN SUDAN the LARIM The Larim live about 50 miles west of Kapoeta in the eastern corner of S. Sudan. They are a non-Nilotic pastoral people, living in permanent mountain villages. They are part of the Didinga-Longarim-Murle language group. They live in the Boya Hills - Boya is the Topasa (neighbouring group) name for the Larim, which is also used by the Administration. Longarim is the Didinga's name for them but they call themselves the Larim, and that is used here. [p. 205] The LARIM The collection was made in two parts. The "PL" labelled material was collected during Pat Langton's stay in a village in the Northern Larim area. The "∆" labelled material was collected by Jill Goudie, one of the archaeologists on the Expedition, from the base camp LARYOK, among the Southern Larim. Money is known among the Larim but it is used only for buying beads for women from Kapoeta, or for the few members of the group who would go to Juba. The women especially were more interested in exchange gifts of salt, cloth & soap. The Larim material is documented in three parts: a) General Larim pieces - no information as to which section of the Larim it comes from b) the "PL" Collection from the Northern Larim, from three of the eight Northern Larim clans c) the Southern Larim material collected by Jill Goudie, numbered "∆". [p. 210] 1979.20.163 - 193 SOUTHERN LARIM: Collected by Jill Goudie between 20.3 and 25.3.79 [p. 213] 1979.20.189 Necklace made of black seeds. L. when doubled = 64.5 cm. Coll. no. ∆40; cost 50 pt.

Additional Accession Book Entry [below accession number in red biro] - A5-F36-19.

Card Catalogue Entry
- There is no further information on the catalogue card [RTS 26/5/2004].

Pitt Rivers Museum label - AFRICA, SUDAN Loryok Southern LARIM Seed Necklace Purchased P. Langton ∆40
[Triangle with '40' inside] 1979.20.189 [EC 'DCF 2004-2006 What's Upstairs?' 10/10/2005]

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