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Beadwork plays an important role in the courtship rituals of young Ndebele women.
The styles of Ndebele beaded clothing and ornaments have remained constant over the last several centuries. Until 1940, Ndebele beadwork was predominantly white, incorporating simple geometric designs in a limited range of colors.
In the past, beadwork was worn every day; however, it is now reserved for important ceremonies such as initiations, weddings, and funerals.
Scholar Rhoda Levinsohn, Cleveland, OH sold on May 13, 1982 to Harrison Eiteljorg [1903-1997] of Indianapolis; donated to the IMA 1989