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Date

1980 - 2016

Description

This is a wooden statue of a Kayan woman practicing the tradition of wearing brass neck rings. This practice gives the illusion that they are stretching their necks, giving rise to the slang term "giraffe women." However, the neck is not stretched but rather the weight of the brass rings (reaching over 20 pounds) push down on the wearer's collarbone collapsing it and eventually forcing the ribs and the clavicle to descend about 45 degrees. this is what gives the appearance of a stretched neck. The statue is carved from wood and brass/copper is used to represent the rings.

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other

Material Type

mixed

Date Uploaded

05.01.2018

Dimensions

4.5 X 6 X 19.5

Dimensions Notes

All measurements were taken in centimeters. Measurements are listed as “length by width by height” or “height by diameter” unless otherwise noted.

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
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