Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Swazi maker
  • doll, late 1800s–1965
  • Where object was made: Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • hair, wire, seeds, beading
  • Object Height/Width: 32 x 18 cm
    Object Height/Width: 12 5/8 x 7 1/16 in
  • Gift of Anne Hart
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3365

The long tassel is made of black hair-like material. It is wrapped at one end with copper colored wire. There is a knot of hair above the wire wrapping, and short segments of hair are beaded in red with blue and white at the ends, falling like hair. There is a single loop in mixed red, white, yellow and blue beads. The top sections of the outer ring of the long bristles are beaded with dark blue and orange beads just below the wire wrapping. One seed, one larger orange bead, and isolated seed beads decorate the long bristles.