akaparaparat (Ornament)

About this object

History of use

Nose pendant which goes through a pierced nasal septum and hangs over the lip. It is worn by male elders on ceremonial occasions. Similar ornaments (akaparaparat) are found among the Turkana of Kenya.

Physical description

Large leaf-shaped nose ornament with soldered hook that loops through nose. There is an incision from base of the hook to centre of the face. The metal is bent out of shape at hook's base.