Wedding Train, Ndebele people, South Africa

Nyoga (Snake) Wedding Train
Ndebele people, South Africa
First half, 20th century
Glass beads strung on leather
5 feet x 8 1/2 ins (152. 5 x 21.5 cm)

The eye-catching long back train is an essential part of the intricate wedding ensemble of beaded costume and adornment worn by Ndebele brides. The design shares a vibrant color palette and geometric pattern vocabulary with the renowned murals painted by Ndebele women. Excellent condition, with very small areas of wear that are missing a few tiny beads.

Price on request

Berkeley, CA