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ID number:  BIRRC-D0402
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts
Artist / Maker:  Unknown
Title / Object name:  Handbag
Object type:  Leatherwork
Place made:  Nigeria
Culture:  Hausa
Materials:  Goatskin and lizard-skin
Measurements:  26 x 29 cm

This handbag has been made In white goatskin with lizard-skin applique decoration. It is in the style of a satchel with shoulderstrap and thonged construction. The brown lining of the inside of the bag is in goat-skin. It was bought in Ghana and represents a typical type of African tourist object. It was presented to the Danford Collection by Sister Evelyn Bellamy in 1968.

Sister Evelyn Bellamy was a Methodist Missionary in Ghana and between 1914 and 1943, during which time she occupied the post of headmistress of Wesley Girls High School in Cape Coast. The Danford Collection is home to a large number of objects presented by Sister Evelyn Bellamy and some of her papers can be accesssed through the Cadbury Research Library.

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