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Courtship, Wedding and Marriage Beads
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    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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,...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Moroccan Wedding Necklace

    • Moroccan Wedding Necklace
    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifact; Adornment
    • Brides in Morocco wear these large silver and amber necklaces. The silver beads, symbolizing purity and honesty, are hollow so the necklace is not as heavy as it looks. The amber is made of thermal plastic and is also called "African Amber". ...
    • 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...
    • 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,...
    • 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...
    • 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)...

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