Group Title: Married Woman's Apron (umaphotholo)
Title: Married Woman’s Apron (mapotho or lipothu)
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Title: Married Woman’s Apron (mapotho or lipothu)
Physical Description: Glass beads, antelope hide, fiber, 21 x 20 1/4 in.
Creator: Ndebele People
Subject: Exhibition -- Between the Beads: Reading African Beadwork
Spatial Coverage: Africa -- South Africa
Abstract: The mapotho, or lipothu, a beaded apron with two small flaps separated by a fringed panel, is worn by married women, and is worn after the birth of the first child. The flanking flaps are said to represent the mother and father, and the fringed panel between them symbolizes their children. Early 20th century examples such as this one, have an abundance of white beads interspersed with geometric motifs of colored translucent beads, and often depict an ariel view of a homestead. Later versions incorporate images from the environment.
Acquisition: University Gallery Purchase
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Bibliographic ID: UF00083130
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: T-79-2

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