Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded matchbox ornament
  • unknown Zulu maker
  • beaded matchbox ornament, 1960–1965
  • Where object was made: South Africa
  • cardboard, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 13 x 7.5 x 2.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 5 1/8 x 2 15/16 x 1 in
  • Gift of Anne Hart
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3366
Label Text

The matchbox is fully covered with beading, with fringe on the bottom long side of the rectangle and a short loop on the top long side. The short sides are covered with light blue beads that match the handle of the two strands that are twisted together. The front, top, back and bottom of the box are decorated with diagonal stripes in: black, green, white, dark blue, red and yellow. It has short beaded fringes around the bottom with the same colors.