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Courtship, Wedding and Marriage Beads
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    • Love Letter I

    • Love Letter I
    • Zulu Tribe
    • Communication Artifact; Art
    • Color coded messages (or love letters) are found in Zulu tab necklaces. Girls send messages that are prized by the young men who receive them. The message is often an invitation to courtship, but can be read in many different ways. The design...
    • Love Letter II

    • Love Letter II
    • Zulu Tribe
    • Communication Artifact; Art
    • Color coded messages (or love letters) are found in Zulu tab necklaces. Girls send messages that are prized by the young men who receive them. The message is often an invitation to courtship, but can be read in many different ways. The design...
    • Love Letter III

    • Love Letter III
    • Zulu Tribe
    • Communication Artifact; Art
    • Color coded messages (or love letters) are found in Zulu tab necklaces. Girls send messages that are prized by the young men who receive them. The message is often an invitation to courtship, but can be read in many different ways. The design...
    • Ear Plugs

    • Ear Plugs
    • Zulu Tribe
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • Married Zulu women wear ear plugs to "insure that ears of the mind may also hear". The plastic pieces used to make these ear plugs are cut from old vinyl records.
    • 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.
    • Wedding Brooch, large

    • Wedding Brooch, large
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • Silver brooches are usually worn in pairs, one on either side at the lower corner of a square neckline on a woman's dress for a wedding or other special ceremony.
    • Wedding Brooch, small

    • Wedding Brooch, small
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • A smaller version of a silver Norwegian brooch. They are usually worn in pairs on the lower edge of a square neckline by a woman for a wedding or other special occasion.
    • Coin Necklace

    • Coin Necklace
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifact; Adornment
    • In India it is customary to give brides British coins that are then made into necklaces and worn at the wedding. These coins, strung on red cotton twine, range from 1919 to 1941 with most of them from 1935 and 1941. One side has a stylized...
    • Mangalsutra

    • Mangalsutra
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • In the northern part of India a bride is given a Mangalsutra, a special marriage necklace composed of very small black seed beads called "Potti". Sometimes the "Potti" are strung with a pendant, like this one, or with gold beads at the center.
    • Tali

    • Tali
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • In Southern India, a "Tali" or "Thali" wood pendant is the marriage symbol. It is strung on a saffron dyed cord.
    • Breastplate

    • Breastplate
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • Both the bride and the groom wear a crescent-shaped breastplate for an Indonesian wedding. The breastplates are sometimes worn in multiples - one hanging down from the other with up to 5 in a vertical row.
    • Cuff Bracelet

    • Cuff Bracelet
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifact; Adornment
    • An Indonesian bride will wear a cuff or a pair of cuff bracelets on her wedding day. This one is shown on a stand. It is 6 1/2 inches long and has gold wash embossed designs over a silver base.
    • Mamuli, large

    • Mamuli, large
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact; Exchange Medium
    • A Mamuli can be worn as a pendant or as an earring. The groom gives it to the bride as a wealth payment to her father's lineage. It is the custom on Simba Island, also known as Sandlewood Island, Indonesia. The green oxidation is a sign of...
    • Clove Necklace

    • Clove Necklace
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • Arab wives from Southern Iran to Yemen wear aromatic clove necklaces. The pleasing scent is considered attractive, having the same effect as perfume. Cloves, being expensive, symbolize wealth and an abundance of food for the future.
    • Heirloom Necklace

    • Heirloom Necklace
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • In Afghanistan each generation adds a strand to the "Wedding" Necklace as it is passed down in the family. It is also called an "Heirloom" or "Generation" necklace. It is uniquely strung with a netted technique using black and coral-colored glass...
    • Uzbekistan Wedding Necklace

    • Uzbekistan Wedding Necklace
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • This wedding necklace from Uzbekistan is loom-woven with larger glass seed beads and has a large silver center bead.
    • Tilari

    • Tilari
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact; Personal Symbol
    • A "Tilari" is seven metal beads strung together on several strands of glass seed beads. The metal beads then look like one large bead instead of seven small ones. In this example, the seed beads are white, but red and green are the preferred...
    • Shell Lei

    • Shell Lei
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifact; Adornment
    • In Hawaii the Bridal party follows a very old custom of wearing seed pod and shell leis. Our example is similar to, but not as elaborate as a bride would wear.
    • Kina Shell Necklace

    • Kina Shell Necklace
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact;Exchange Medium
    • Kina shells are often worn in multiples by a bride in Papua, New Guinea. The groom gives one to each member of the bride's family as payment for her hand in marriage (bride's price).
    • Mali Wedding Beads

    • Mali Wedding Beads
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifact; Adornment
    • Mali wedding beads are made of molded glass in Czechoslovakia. Their teardrop shapes suggest the female figure and are fertility symbols. They are often worn for Mali wedding ceremonies.

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