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Vintage South African Ceremonial Ndebele Doll Bead Metal Cloth 17" Tall Superb For Sale
A superb doll, in a traditional costume, including the typical Ndebele blanket adorned with beads and metal rings around the neck. The Ndebele are one of the smallest tribes in South Africa, but are known worldwide for their geometric designs found on their painted houses and beadwork.
The Ndebele in Zimbabwe are widely recognized for their artistry and deep love of beauty and color made evident in their extraordinary homes and clothing.The dolls by the Ndebele are dressed similar to the women of this tribein colorful outfits, adorned with intricate patterns of bead work.
The Ndebele dolls are crafted to symbolize the women's status or certain important events that are happening in their lives.Dolls having colorful apron-like garments wrapped around their waists represent Ndebele girls that have already gone through puberty rites and are marriageable. In preparation for marriage, these young women are handed dolls that are to be named and cared for as though they were real children.When the first born comes, the baby will be named after the doll.
Courtships within the Ndebele tribe are initiated by the suitor who puts a doll outside the hut of the maiden he desires. The doll serves as an icon of the purest intentions of the man to propose marriage.
These dolls arenot intended as toys.
THIS DOLL STANDS 17" TALL
IT IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION
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Vintage South African Ceremonial Ndebele Doll Bead Metal Cloth 17" Tall Superb: $40