Group Title: Small bag
Title: Small Bag
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Title: Small Bag
Physical Description: Antelope hide, ostrich egg-shell beads, fiber, glass beads 12 1/2 x 11 1/4 in. (31.8 x 28.6 cm)
Creator: San People, 20th Century
Donor: William D. and Norma Canelas Roth ( donor )
Subject: Exhibition -- Between the Beads: Reading African Beadwork
Spatial Coverage: Africa -- Botswana
Africa -- Namibia
Africa -- South Africa
Abstract: The hunter-gatherers, known generically as San peoples have endured for millennia in South Africa and Namibia, although their existence is now threatened. They continue to produce ostrich egg-shell beads that resemble the oldest known beads on the continent, but in the last century have also used imported glass beads. Early San beadwork had minimal patterning, but more recent beadwork has become increasingly complex, utilizing a number of geometric motifs. Some suggested interpretations of motifs are that they are abstractions or mappings of the environment, such as animal tracks or human dwellings, to shamanistic visions. The spiral motif on this bag is called “owl.”
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Bibliographic ID: UF00083098
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: 2006.45.11

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