Ndebele Tribal Bead Hanging #04
Linga Koba - literally 'long tears' - these beaded strips, containing thousands of beads, are worn by matrons whose sons have undergone initiation into manhood.
Two strips are worn - one on either side of the face - symbolising the mother's mixed feelings at this time - her joy at her son's attainment of manhood, and her sorrow at losing her child.
Source: Powell, A (1995): Ndebele - A People and their Art (Cross River Press, New York)
People, Origin: Ndebele, South Africa
Material(s): Glass beads
Dimensions: approximately 1m in length, not including hanging loop x 10cm (w)