About this object

A five roll beaded anklet with two brass buttons attached at each end. Each roll beaded with similar sequence of bands in white, red, black and blue beads.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Southern Africa: South Africa
  • Date made
    1957 before
  • Materials
    Bead; Vegetable fibre; Brass
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Weston Discovery Centre
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Nancy Cunard, 1957.
  • Collector
    Nancy Cunard
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
    1957 before
  • Measurements
    230 mm; x 9 1/16 in
  • Note
    Among the Northern Nguni beads and beadwork personal ornaments played important roles in dowry payments and in courtship relations. Prior to marriage young women made beadwork pieces for their potential or future husbands as an expresion of affection or appreciation. Beadwork ornaments were worn on social and ceremonial occasions.
  • Related people
    Nancy Cunard ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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