Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Men's Beaded Bodice

mid-20th century
African (Dinka peoples)
glass beads, animal skins, wood, cowry shells
Credit Line:
Isabel Shults Fund, 2001
Accession Number:
Not on view
The waist as a zone of decorative focus is not exclusive to women. The Dinka people of the Sudan are virtually naked, save for their jewelry—necklaces, armlets, bracelets, anklets, and belts—and their beaded vests and corsets. As each of these items is an explicit indication of age and status, their corsets are of varying scale. The most heroic, as in this example, extend from the small of the back to a point above the shoulders.
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