Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of beaded anklets
  • Sotho or Xhosa peoples
  • pair of beaded anklets, late 1800s–1965
  • Where object was made: Tranksei, Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • mother of pearl, beading
  • Object Length/Width: each 30 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width: each 11 3/4 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift of Anne Hart
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3307.a,b

The pair of matched beaded anklets have button closures. The beaded strip is white with two rows of dark blue triangles. There is short, looped beaded fringe on the bottom. Each loop has beads in dark blue, orange, translucent green, white and a larger black bead at the bottom. There are two short beaded strips with mother of pearl buttons at one end and two translucent green loops at the other end.