Talking Beads: A Selection from the African Art CollectionApril 15, 2003-November 29, 2003
Location: Unspecified location
Curator: Dorit Shafir
Media: Jewelry, clothing, and objects made from glass beads
Given its affordability, utility, and beauty, the bead has been used in Africa for centuries for a variety of ritual, utilitarian, commercial, and aesthetic purposes. This display of over 80 examples of jewelry, clothing, and objects made from colorful glass beads introduced the viewer into the unique beliefs, rituals, and daily life of African tribes all over the continent. Objects on display included sculptures, a royal crown, and articles of clothing worn as amulets and status symbols.