Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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dondolo (dancing stick)
  • unknown Ndebele maker
  • dondolo (dancing stick), 1960–1982
  • Where object was made: Transvaal Province, Union of South Africa (present-day Mpumalanga province, South Africa)
  • wood, foil, beading, carving
  • Object Length/Diameter: 63 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 24 13/16 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift of Reinhild Janzen
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1150
Label Text

The long wooden handle has a ball-shaped end, covered with silver foil and a net-like beaded cover over the foil with black, blue, and green beads in a spiralling stripe pattern.

This is part of the bridal regalia, but a woman will dance with this stick at future ceremonial occasions.