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woman's shoulder garment

Dinka people


Alluring, loose-beaded bodices are worn by Dinka girls who are eligible for marriage.

Beads, provided by the girl's family, indicate her family's wealth. The patterns on the front of her bodice indicate the number of cattle her family will require as bride price.

Cowrie shells are attached to promote fertility.

Object Information

culture
Dinka people
creation date
mid-20th century
materials
glass beads, cowrie shells, metal wire
dimensions
approximately 26 x 19 in.
accession number
1997.60
credit line
Mrs. Pierre F. Goodrich Endowed Art Fund
copyright
No Known Rights Holder
collection
African Art