Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded headband
  • Bhaca peoples
  • beaded headband, late 1800s–1965
  • Where object was made: Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • string, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 59.5 x 17.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 23 3/8 x 6 7/8 in
  • Gift of Anne Hart
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3361

The narrow beaded strip has a large diamond shaped beaded panel in the center. It has a white field. The band has repeats of white, dark blue and orange beads edging the empty spaces which alternate with white squares. The triangles each have two green triangles, two dark triangles and a white triangle at the base. The top of the triangle is filled with an orange triangle, inside a yellow chevron inside a green chevron. It is outlined with red.

There are twisted string ties at either end.