Ceremonial Doll


Collection

Priscella Murr Collection


Identifier

MU3


Artist

Unknown


Description

A Ceremonial Doll from the Ndebele People of South Africa. The doll is made of fabric with beaded patterns circling the body. The front of the doll has a beaded flower shape on the lower half of the body. Around the neck of the Ndebele doll are gold rings that are used by the Ndebele People to stretch their necks. This doll is used during courtship for the Ndebele People. A suitor would place a doll outside a young woman’s hut indicating his intention to propose marriage to her.


Medium

mixed media

Width

6in

Height

17.5in

Length

5.25in

Where Made (Country)

South Africa

Related place

South Africa

Name of Donor

Priscilla Murr