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nyoga (women's ceremonial headdress)
  • unknown Ndebele maker
  • nyoga (women's ceremonial headdress), late 1900s–1982
  • Where object was made: Transvaal Province, Union of South Africa (present-day Mpumalanga province, South Africa)
  • beading
  • Object Length/Width: 161 x 24 cm
    Object Length/Width: 63 3/8 x 9 7/16 in
  • Gift of Reinhild Janzen
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3354
Label Text

The beaded headdress has a headband made from squares of white beads attached with strands of black, dark blue and green beads. The white squares have black and translucent purple beaded small loops at the top and bottom.

Very long beaded strips lie on either side of the head. They are the same. Each has a white edge and a black field. The decorations are similar on each. There are rectangles in dark blue, green, and translucent purple. There are diamonds in green, translucent purple and blue-green. The blocks of white and the denticular lines are in white. The ends each have a raised band of green beads and openwork beading in purple, black, and blue-green.