Image Resources | Currently on View in Eiteljorg Suite of African and Oceanic Art (W301)
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.
(Charles A. Jones, Wilmington, NC) purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1997