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Browsing items in: Courtship, Wedding and Marriage Beads

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    • 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

    • 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 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...
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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

    • 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...
    • 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.
    • Mali Wedding Beads, detail

    • Unknown
    • Personal Artifact; Adornment
    • This detail of a Mali wedding necklace shows the seams left in the glass beads from the molding process. The beads are made in Czechloslovakia and then exported to Africa. In Mali, the teardrop shapes are thought to resemble the female form and...
    • Egg Beads

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

    • 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.
    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

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