Doll (ngwana wa pelego)

Material Information

Doll (ngwana wa pelego)
Pedi People (Northern Sotho people)
William D. and Norma Canelas Roth
Physical Description:
Wood, glass beads, fiber, cloth 10 1/2 x 4 1/4 in. (26.7 x 10.8 cm)


Subjects / Keywords:
Exhibition -- Between the Beads: Reading African Beadwork
Spatial Coverage:
Africa -- South Africa


This doll is probably a recent example of a Pedi doll, called “child of birth” or ngwana wa pelego. The dolls represent adult women almost exclusively, with beaded adornments over their beaded sheaths, and other accoutrements signifying their age, status and gender. A mother will give her daughter a doll for her wedding. On her wedding day, the bride brings it to her in-laws who name it, and this name is given to the first child born. The dolls are destroyed after the birth of the child, and the beads re-distributed to deter any evil befalling the child because of its spiritual connection to the doll.

Record Information

Source Institution:
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Holding Location:
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
2006.45.13 ( Accession )


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