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Ndebele Beaded Giraffe Wood South African

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Title Ndebele Beaded Giraffe Wood South African
Type of Object Beadwork
Country of Origin South Africa
People Ndebele
Materials beads, cotton string, wood carving underneath
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 38 Inches
Width: 6 Inches
Depth: 7 Inches
Overall Condition Good
Damage/Repair a few torn strands, loose beads

Additional Information:  The tall carved giraffe is a well known form in Zimbabwe, but this example represents a significant departure from the norm.  The figure is covered from top to bottom with glass trade beads in many colors in distinct geometric patterns.  

 The Ndebele of South Africa are superb bead workers. The women used to wear brass rings around their neck and legs. A few still do, but most now have gold plastic replicas with velcro, worn on ceremonial occasions. They wear aprons which are heavily beaded with glass beads, in geometric designs similar to those used to paint their houses. They wear beaded blankets like large shawls, and beadwork on their arms, ankles, and heads.. For similar examples and much more information, see Courtney-Clarke's NDEBELE.