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Browsing items in: Courtship, Wedding and Marriage Beads

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    • 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

    • 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

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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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...
    • 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

    • 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

    • 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,...
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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.

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