Title: Dance Staff (ithelefonu)
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Title: Dance Staff (ithelefonu)
Physical Description: Wood, glass beads 20 x 13 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (50.8 x 34.9 x 3.8 cm)
Creator: Ndebele People , 20th Century
 Subjects
Subject: Exhibition -- Between the Beads: Reading African Beadwork
Spatial Coverage: Africa -- South Africa
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Abstract: Brides carry scepter-like staffs in wedding ceremonies, as do initiates, raising them in the air as they dance. In the past the staffs were covered with purely white beads, but this one includes the dark patterns preferred in the mid-20th century. Telephone pole motifs for staffs were popular in the 1960s to signify the bride’s aspiration for a modern lifestyle, as well as the status and wealth associated with acquiring modern luxury goods.
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00083072
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: 2004.33.9

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