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Early Beaded Apron

Tonga, Zimbabwe. £290

Early Beaded Apron. Tonga Culture, Zambezi Valley, Southern Africa

Decorated with a triad of blue, red and white beads in a checkerboard design, this apron exemplifies how Tonga women of the Zambezi Valley combined these three colours perfectly in their unique beadwork. Each colour relates to a different aspect of Tonga life and culture. The colour white - widely used in initiation ceremonies - evoked the 'shades' or ancestor spirits. The bodies of young Tonga women were smeared with red ochre pigment. Originally related to the Zulu people, the Tonga practiced a rain cult, which may explain their use of dark blue.

Estimated Period: Second Quarter of 20th Century

Ex Private Collection, UK

H x W (Excl. Mount): 21cm x 23cm

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H x W (Incl. Mount): 28cm x 29cm
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