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Collected by Kate Theresa Escombe in 1888

Given to the Museum in 1987

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Beadwork, South Africa

In the past, Zulu girls spent much of their leisure time sitting together sewing beadwork to give to their lovers. The beadwork was full of messages, conveyed by the beadwork’s colours, positioning and motifs. This beadwork object is thought to be an apron or neck ornament, and was probably made by a Zulu beadworker.

View database record 1987.25.25