Please note that i have attached info here and posted up photos of my very old
ivory collection to share under the same title " Ekipa/Omnakipa":
Since the late 1980's through 2000 many beautiful treasures
passed through my hands as a gallery owner in Windhoek Namibia, Africa.
These are particularly significant cultural items which have, since 2009, been
regulated by nature conservation due to concerns over possible ivory trade.
Very little has been documented about these icons, especially about the
designs which i expect would have been etched by the men for purpose.
Suggestions over the years, include either displaying social status within the Owambo tribe eg.
proximity to the Chief as central or even as calendars for the menstrual cycles of
the wives wearing them? As decoration and symbols of wealth they are originally
worn on elephant hide straps for ceremonial occasions. Like buttons strung from
the two connected holes made in the back, they are handed down through the generations.
These have all been pre-CITES approved and are in Australia.
Look forward to comments and interest.