woman's garment

Dinka people

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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, North Carolina); purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1997.

Object Information

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

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