Title: Married Zulu Woman's Belt (isibhamba or ixhama)
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00083054/00001
 Material Information
Title: Married Zulu Woman's Belt (isibhamba or ixhama)
Physical Description: Glass beads, cotton cloth, twine, grass 1/2 x 49 1/2 x 4 3/4 in. (1.3 x 125.7 x 12.1 cm), 2002.29.3
Creator: MaNala Dladla
Publication Date: 1940s - 1960s
Subject: Exhibition -- Between the Beads: Reading African Beadwork
Spatial Coverage: Africa -- South Africa
Abstract: For many Zulu and other relocated peoples of southern Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries, beaded jewelry, garments, and other accessories became important markers of identity. Beadwork was a visual marker of social position, marital status, ethnic affiliation and location of the family’s homeland. Woven grass belts worn by Zulu women identify the wearer as a married woman with children. Such belts were adorned in earlier times with brass studs and then later with glass and plastic beads. This belt seems to be a cross between two types, the isibamba, a flexible belt with densely beaded strands, and an ixhama, a wider, tightly woven belt with sparser beadwork.
Acquisition: Museum purchase, funds provided by museum visitors
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00083054
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Holding Location: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: 2002.29.3

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