- Museum number
Back decoration or panel; also can be used as pubic apron; consists of four layers of ?glass beadwork threaded onto fibre and on cotton backing. Design consists of rectangles of blues, black, white, green with central stripes of orange and white within two central rectangles. Red wool ties, on the ends of which are alternating bands of white, orange and green beads.
- Production date
Height: 8 centimetres
Width: 112 centimetres (with string ties)
Width: 29.50 centimetres (without string ties)
Depth: 0.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Professor Jolles collection notes read that this piece could be worn either over the upper back or as a pubic apron. Worn by girls (izitombi) or older girls not yet engaged (amaqhikisa). The old name for this piece is ishisa which means 'hot'. Used at dances, parties etc.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
Items from the Jolles collection were on display in the BP Ethnography Showcase exhibition entitled 'Zulu Beadwork', which closed on 18 Jan 1998.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Acquired by Professor Jolles in 1989, from Vuma chief Ngubane.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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