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Beaded Panel

Beaded panel (ithemba)

Kangezile MaMajoli
South African
Beaded Panel Necklace (ithemba)
Before 1968
Glass beads
Museum Purchase with Harn General Program Endowment Funds
2007.27.3

This brilliant orange panel with white text, the second of a series of anathemba produced by Kangezile MaMajoli Ndlovu for her fiancé, includes the exclamation, “Sikhuza usuthu,” translated as “Hurray, I like you.” Called out after a celebratory dance, the phrase is used in the context of the couple’s life to express joy at the birth of their child. The knots at the juncture of the cord, which symbolize clasped hands, are added to enhance the message.

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