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Beaded Girdle Belt

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1937A28.17
Collection:Ethnography - Africa
Date:1875 - 1904

Maker Information

Maker:Zulu / Northern Nguni - View history


These body decorations are made by Zulu people and are worn round the waist by young unmarried girls.Beadwork has always had a symbolical significance. Older married women would wear far less beaded belts, necklaces, armbands and anklets than unmarried ones. 'Loveletters' are also made from beadwork and are worn by both boys and girls during courtship.

Presented by Mrs W H Carnegie, 1937.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century or 20th century
Place of Origin:South Africa


Height:234 mm
Width:100 mm
Diameter:220 mm