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unknown Nguni


19th century - 20th century
Beaded and sewn plant material or textile (?) with glass and metal

20 1/2 in. x 2 in. (52.07 cm x 5.08 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.5.84
Other Number(s): 84-41 (Neufeld Collection Number)
Geography: Africa, South Africa
Classification: Clothing and Adornments; Clothing
Culture/Nationality: Northern Nguni (Zulu), South African, Southern African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection

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  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • cache-sexe - Main garments worn by women, primarily in Africa, to cover the genitals, often consisting of pendant elements made of metal or vegetal matter that hang from a cord tied around the waist or hips; may also be made of cloth and some element may pass between the legs.
  • 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

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  • John Gillow, African Textiles: Color and Creativity Across a Continent (New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 2016), 216-220.

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