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Courtship, Wedding and Marriage Beads
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    • Egg Beads

    • Egg Beads
    • Berber Tribe
    • Personal Artifact; Adornment
    • Woman in southern Morocco wear these enameled silver egg shaped beads called " Taguemout", which symbolize fertility.
    • Gold Earrings

    • Gold Earrings
    • Fulani Tribe
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • Fulani married women wear gold earrings with a distinctive twist. The earrings are called "Kwottenai Kanye". The larger the earrings the more wealthy the bride. This pair has a 2 inch diameter. Several very large pairs (at least 6 inch diameter)...
    • Spiral Necklace

    • Spiral Necklace
    • H'mong People
    • Personal Artifact; Adornment
    • H'mong women in Guizhou, China, often wear multiples of this silver spiral necklace for special ceremonies such as weddings. They also wear elaborate silver headresses. For more information see "Wedding Ceremonies" by Tiziana & Gianni Baldizzone...
    • Spiral Necklace, detail

    • Spiral Necklace, detail
    • H'mong People
    • Personal Artifact; Adornment
    • The detail shows how the silver spiral coil is formed from a continuous piece of silver.
    • H'mong Bag

    • H'mong Bag
    • H'mong People
    • Personal Artifact; Adornment
    • This bag, decorated with silver, is worn for special ceremonies. H'mong people consider attire to be a weapon of seduction and silver is a sign of wealth. The embroidery shows the skill of the woman who made the costume and uses the bag. H'mong...
    • Double Crescent Necklace

    • Double Crescent Necklace
    • Harar Tribe
    • Communication Artifact;Exchage Medium
    • A "Muze" is a large crescent-shaped chest pendant worn in Somalia by the Harar Tribe as a valuable wedding dowry. Traditionally a muze is worn with amber and silver. For more information see p. 282 of "Africa Adorned" by Angela Fisher.
    • Bachelor Hat

    • Bachelor Hat
    • Ifugao Tribe
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • A small round fiber hat with a pair of Mother-of-Pearl drop earrings attached. This hat is worn by bachelor's and sits on the back of the head over a bun and ties under the chin. Married men wear a hat with no decoration.
    • Philippine Wedding Necklace

    • Philippine Wedding Necklace
    • Isneg Tribe
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • Called a "Sipattal", this Mother-of-Pearl and tiny glass seed beaded wedding necklace is worn by the Isneg Tribe on North Luzon Island in the Philippines. The seed beaded band is worn around the neck so that the shell pieces spread across the...
    • Philippine Wedding Necklace, detail

    • Philippine Wedding Necklace, detail
    • Isneg Tribe
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • A detail of the Philippine Wedding Necklace from North Luzon Island. This shows the Mother-of-Pearl triangular shape, 2 brass thimbles, small shells, glass seed beads and a large blue Peking glass trade bead all hanging from a strand of buttons,...
    • Maasai Necklace

    • Maasai Necklace
    • Maasai Tribe
    • Personal Artifact; Adornment
    • Necklaces such as this one are worn on a daily basis, however, many necklaces are worn in layers as part of the wedding adornment. In this example, two necklaces are attached, the smaller one sitting on top of a wider one. See the book "Maasai" by...
    • Ear Flaps

    • Ear Flaps
    • Maasai Tribe
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • Only a Maasai married woman may wear these beaded ear flaps. Tribal custom states that her husband must never see her without them. They are made of glass seed beads on leather and are 6 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide.
    • Headband

    • Headband
    • Maasai Tribe
    • Personal Artifact; Adornment
    • The Maasai marriage is simple. The bride's head is shaved and anointed with lamb fat. Then bands of beautiful beadwork are placed on her head. The headdress is handed down from generation to generation and is worn only for the wedding ceremony. ...
    • Triangle Earrings

    • Triangle Earrings
    • Maasai Tribe
    • Personal Artifact; Adornment
    • Maasai men and women both wear multiple earrings and multiple ear piercings are common. These earrings are made of seed beads strung on wire, using buttons and dangling metal objects. This pair goes with the Wedding Necklace and Headband described...
    • Pepetu Apron

    • Pepetu Apron
    • Ndebele Tribe
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • Ndebele women wear aprons to denote their status. An unmarried, but eligible lady, wears a rectangle with beaded geometric designs called " Pepetu". The base is goat skin completely covered with glass seed beads sewn in place.
    • Jocolo Apron

    • Jocolo Apron
    • Ndebele Tribe
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • An Ndebele married woman wears a five-paneled beaded goatskin apron called a "Jocolo" on important ceremonial occasions. It is prepared for the woman by her husband and is worn plain for several months before being replaced by a beaded one. Each...
    • Jocolo, detail

    • Jocolo, detail
    • Ndebele Tribe
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • A detail of three of the beaded panels on a "Jocolo" apron worn by a married woman. These are approximately size 8 glass seed beads. The beads are attached in groups, not individually sewn down. There may be 15 beads in a group. This method of...
    • Mapoto Apron

    • Mapoto Apron
    • Ndebele Tribe
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • A two-panel beaded goatskin apron worn by married women. This is a less formal style than the Jocolo (also shown in this Collection). It has knotted and beaded fringes separating the 2 beaded panels. Old ones like this have a leather base, but...
    • Mapoto, detail

    • Mapoto, detail
    • Ndebele Tribe
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • Closeup of Ndebele beadwork on a Mapoto apron worn by a married woman. The colors and symbols of the design motifs are very important to the lady who makes and wears the apron. In a village the three apron shapes - rectangle, 2 panels with fringe,...
    • Khomissar

    • Khomissar
    • Tuareg People
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • The Khomissar pendant is the gift of a mother to her daughter. The white shell is a fertility symbol worn by brides. Each diamond shape represents a stylized "Hand of Fatima" to protect against evil. The Bella and Tuareg people in Niger and Mali...
    • Mamuli, small

    • Mamuli, small
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact; Exchange Medium
    • A small mamuli can be worn as a pendant or earring. This one is much less elaborate than the large Mamuli shown within this collection. The groom gives it to the bride as a wealth payment to her father's lineage.

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