Title: Child Figure (nwana)
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00083095/00001
 Material Information
Title: Child Figure (nwana)
Physical Description: Cloth, glass beads, buttons, metal beads, wood, tin can 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)
Creator: Tsonga People, Late 20th Century
Donor: William D. and Norma Canelas Roth ( donor )
Subject: Exhibition -- Between the Beads: Reading African Beadwork
Spatial Coverage: Africa -- South Africa
Abstract: Young Tsonga women make child figures referred to as nwana and dance with them during their initiation ceremonies, or thomba. The initiate holds the nwana in the palm of her hand, and presents it to a young man of her choice. The stout, cylindrical form covered with various polychrome beaded patterns, bears a type stiff cloth skirt that mimics those worn by mature women. The small loops on the top represent a popular style of earrings, and the buttons indicate facial features. The nwana, called “child” but dressed as a woman and presented to a prospective husband, is symbolic of her transition to womanhood, and becoming a wife and mother.
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00083095
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: 2006.45.7


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