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unknown Sotho

Beaded Belt Fragment

Late 19th century - Mid 20th century
Beaded textile with glass and metal

11 in. x 2 in. (27.94 cm x 5.08 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.5.78
Other Number(s): 84-43B (Neufeld Collection Number)
Geography: Africa, Lesotho or South Africa, Drakensberg
Classification: Clothing and Adornments; Adornments
Culture/Nationality: Sotho, Southern African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection

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This object has the following keywords:
  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • beadwork - Visual works comprising designs, patterns, or other arrangements of beads, typically stringed or attached to textile supports.
  • belts - Flexible straps or bands generally encircling the waist or hips or passing over the shoulder and usually having some type of fastener, such as a buckle; worn for decoration, support, or to carry such items as weapons, tools, or money.
  • Sotho - Style and culture of the Sotho ethnic group, located primarily in Lesotho. They were originally united by a common loyalty to the royal house of Moshoeshoe I, who founded the Sotho nation in the 19th century. For the cultures of the African people living in southern Africa who speak or who are descendants of those who traditionally spoke the Sesotho or Southern Sotho language, use the more specific "Southern Sotho."
  • South African - Style and culture of the people of South Africa.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Journeys Through African Womanhood Bryn Mawr College , Feb 14, 2003 – Mar 28, 2003

  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 7/18/1991

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • Important Tribal Art (New York, NY: Sotheby's , 1989), Figure Number: 298.
  • Monica Blackmun Visona and Robin Poynor. A History of Art in Africa (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc., 2001), 464.
  • "The British Museum Online Collection." (Accessed May 17, 2020): Accession No.: Af1954,+23.182.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Monica Blackmun Visona and Robin Poynor. A History of Art in Africa (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc., 2001), 464.
  • Important Tribal Art (New York, NY: Sotheby's , 1989), 90.
  • John Gillow, African Textiles: Color and Creativity Across a Continent (New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 2016), 216-220.

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