Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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cache-sexe (pubic covering)
  • Bhaca peoples
  • cache-sexe (pubic covering), late 1800s–1965
  • Where object was made: Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • plant fiber, beading
  • Object Height/Width: 21 x 88 cm
    Object Height/Width: 8 1/4 x 34 5/8 in
  • Gift of Anne Hart
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3371

The belt has a length of openwork beading on either side of a wide segment of long beaded fringe.

The openwork beading is white, and hangs from the cord top, which is embellished with large blocks of white beads and smaller blocks in red, dark blue and black. String ties extend from the unattached ends. One tie is twisted, one is unravelled.

The fringed section consists of two segments of long white beaded fringes, separated by a narrow segment with black in the center, flanked by dark blue, then red. All of the long fringes have a single large bead near the loose end. Most are red, but some are dark blue or yellow.

There is a narrow beaded strip that hangs on either end of the fringed section. It has a white field, with a visible stripe of cord in the center, dark blue on one side, and red on the other. One still has a single fringe at the end of large red beads. The second panel has only a broken string.