Group Title: Beaded panel (isebebe)
Title: Beaded Panel (isebebe)
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 Material Information
Title: Beaded Panel (isebebe)
Physical Description: Glass beads
Creator: Bangeleni (MaMkize) Hlongwa, e Mamulu Chief Cele
Publication Date: 1940s
Subject: Exhibition -- Between the Beads: Reading African Beadwork
Spatial Coverage: Africa -- South Africa
Abstract: The impact of schooling and literacy can be seen in beadwork used for marriage negotiation. In this panel, the letter A is legible but other marks seem to indicate that the beadmaker had some knowledge of the alphabet but only incorporated semblances of letters as decoration. It is possible that the colors were symbolic, and corresponded to older color sequences. For example, the use of white as a symbol of purity and the use of yellow and orange to represent wealth, and intensity of feeling. However, this isibebe is a rare example of the transition of the older visual style of beadwork and the later style that incorporated only text.
Acquisition: Museum Purchase with Harn General Program Endowment Funds
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00083118
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: 2007.27.18

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