Ndebele Mapoto

Mid 20th Century

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Description

A beaded wedding apron from the Ndebele people.

  • Strands of colored glass beads woven onto a leather skirt.
  • Mapoto were made and gifted by a bride's inlaws. Full of symbolism, the colors and patterns were often regional intimate references to family and status.
  • The lower flaps represent two houses being joined in marriage. The intricate fringe between symbolizes the wish for many children.
Provenance

Collected in situ by Peace Corps volunteer Peter Nelson ca. 1970

Condition Report
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Like New

Minor nicks and overall patina and soiling to leather consistent with age and use.

Beads are intact.

Dimensions
Height: 21 inches / 53.34 cm
Width: 22 inches / 55.88 cm
Materials
Leather, Colored Glass
Period
Mid-Century Modern
Decorative Style
Transitional Style, Traditional Style, Eclectic
Country of Origin
South Africa
SKU

C7BNR

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