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Armlet

Coil-bead armlet, from Transvaal, with blue beads. c.1900.

Armlet

Coil-bead armlet, from Transvaal, with bright pink beads. c.1900.

Armlet

Coil-bead armlet, from Transvaal, with pale pink beads. c.1900.

Bottle

A brown glass bottle that contained South African Tawny Port. The label on the front depicts a lion on a mountain-top, with Union flag curtains and a blue border label. There is a smaller label underneath ...

Bowl

This carved wooden bowl is from South Africa. It is decorated with carved triangles that have been painted black.

Brooch

This is a metal brooch with a pin fastening at the back. The brooch has traces of engraved decoration and bronze inlay on the front. The brooch is said to have been worn by Lobengula, the last king of ...

Comb

This is a Zulu hair comb from South Africa. It is carved from a flat piece of wood. The head of the comb is decorated with lines and dots. Zulu women wore the comb as an ornament in their hair.

Doll

This child's doll is from Basutoland in South Africa. The doll is made from painted wood, and is wearing a skirt made from fur. The arms and legs of the doll are jointed, which allows them to move.

Fly Whisk

This switch is from South Africa. It has a decorative handle with bands of blue and white glass beads. Strands of palm leaves are attached to one end and a loop of multi-coloured glass beads is attached ...

Food Paddle

This is a food paddle from South Africa. It is made of a long, thin piece of wood with a paddle at each end. It is one of a pair of food padels.

Food Paddle

This is a food paddle from South Africa. It is made of a long, thin piece of wood with a paddle at each end and tapering to a point at the other. It is one of a pair of food padels.

Girdle

This is a Zulu beaded girdle. It is made of four thick strands of green glass beads, and decorated with red beads. Within South African culture beadwork ornaments were made by the women, and worn by both ...

Girdle

This beaded girdle was worn by the people of Basutoland, South Africa. It is made of four thick strands of black and pink glass beads, and decorated with panels of green, white and black beads. Within ...

Headband

This is a headband from a Xhosa speaking tribe in South Africa. It is made from green and red glass beads, cotton and leather. Within South African culture beadwork ornaments were made by the women, and ...

Ladle

This ladle is from South Africa. It is carved from wood, with a deep circular bowl and a long handle.

Love Letter Necklace

This is a Zulu love letter necklace. It is made from coloured glass beads. Love letter necklaces were made by teenage girls for the young men they were attracted to. The different coloured beads symbolise ...

Love Letter Necklace

This is a Zulu love letter necklace. It is made from coloured glass beads. Love letter necklaces were made by teenage girls for the young men they were attracted to. The different coloured beads symbolise ...

Necklace

This necklace was made by the Xhosa people of South Africa. It is made of green and white glass beads, with one red bead at the bottom of each loop. The two long tassles are used to attach the necklace ...