Xhosa Beadwork Pendant Doll
Country Of Origin
First half 20th century
10 x 6 cms (4 x 2¼ ins)
Gourd, glass beads, mother of pearl buttons
This hourglass shaped gourd (the female form) is filled with seeds, a symbol of female fertility. Women hoping to have children would have worn it around their neck or over their shoulder. The gourd is covered with the turquoise and pink beads favoured by the Xhosa and Mfengu people. Mother of pearl buttons, also popular with the Mfengu are spaced along the beaded cords. A similar example is currently on show at the Cleveland Museum of Art in The Art of Daily Life: Portable Objects from Southeast Africa.
- The Art of Daily Life: Portable Objects from Southeast Africa. 5 Continents. Milan. 2011. pp.92. Fig.73 .
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