Group Title: Beaded panel (ithemba)
Title: Beaded Panel Necklace (ithemba)
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 Material Information
Title: Beaded Panel Necklace (ithemba)
Physical Description: Glass beads
Creator: Zulu People, 20th Century
Subject: Exhibition -- Between the Beads: Reading African Beadwork
Spatial Coverage: Africa -- South Africa
Abstract: This beaded panel, or isibebe, given to a woman by her fiancé, is a symbolic declaration of his love. The white field (mhlophe) indicates his purity of heart and dedication, the shield (ihawu) his desire to protect their relationship. Yellow beads in the center of the shield and in its cord refer to the color of pumpkins, that are symbolic of plenty and wealth, and express great love. The use of red associates the color of blood with love. The truncated chevron motif flanking the shield, and the addition of deep blue beads (isiqwabe), both strengthen the protection offered by the shield.
Acquisition: Museum Purchase with Harn General Program Endowment Funds
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00083109
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: 2007.27.9

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