Yei Animal Hide Back-Apron
Country Of Origin
North-western Botswana, edges of the Okavango swamps
82 x 90 cms (32¼ x 35½ ins)
Animal skin, glass beads, ostrich shell beads
Some loss to the hair on the pelt
These animal hides with beadwork were worn as back aprons by woman of the Yei in Botswana. This example dates from the mid 20th century but the beaded strips and ostrich shell strands have been recycled from an earlier piece.
We also show this piece combined with the Back-Belt as it would have been used.
- African Arts. African Studies Center UCLA. Los Angeles. Volume X, No. 2. January 1977. . Leather and Beads in N'gamiland. pp.34, 35
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