Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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hair ornament
  • Zulu peoples
  • hair ornament, late 1800s–1965
  • Where object was made: Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • metal, thread, paint, beading
  • Object Height/Width: 27.5 x 5.5 cm
    Object Height/Width: 10 13/16 x 2 1/8 in
  • Gift of Anne Hart
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3359

The hair ornament has a metal rod down the center and two beaded panels on either side of the top half. The beaded panels have a black field with chevrons in white, green, red or blue on either side of the center rod. There are small triangles in the negative space in orange, pink, white or red. There is a cluster of bead loops at the top center with two round yellow beads and multi-colored loops in the colors mentioned above.