Beaded band, 'Isambozo'

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Beaded band isambozo
South Africa, Zulu?
Glass beads

Donor unrecorded
Museum number 9999-1112

The Zulu developed a complex visual language for their beadwork. This type of beaded band is worn around a married woman's headdress just above the forehead. The tiny triangles allude to numerous male relatives-in-law whose protection she enjoys.

Beaded band, 'Isambozo'
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