The Mapoto is traditionally worn by a Ndebele woman in south Africa at her wedding. Made in the early to mid 20th century, this one is fashioned of goatskin and embroidered with beads in unique patterns. The side panels symbolise the marriage partners and the tassels, the expectation of the children the woman will bear.
Dated to the 1930's
Dimensions: approx 41X53 cm
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This item comes with a signed and stamped certificate confirming its authenticity. All our lots are appraised and checked by Jos Humblet. Mr. Humblet (°1954, Brussels) graduated in 1978 as Master of Art at St. Lukas in Brussels. From 1978 until 1993 he worked at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels, where he specialised in formal analysis of works of art. Mr. Humblet started collecting tribal art in 1980 and became a dealer in 1995, specialising in art from Kongo, Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad.
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- Ndebele Mapoto Apron on Goatskin
- Region/ country
- South Africa
- Goatskin, Glassbeads
- 1st half 20th century
- Good condition, used with some signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 41×53×1 cm