Yao Beaded Sash - Malawi or Mozambique

A lovely beadwork sash in white, green, and blue with delicate tassels at either end. Yao beadcraft commonly features triangular motifs, and this sash is no exception, featuring horizontally aligned sets of triangular forms joining in hourglass shapes. Alternating between tight groupings and larger outlines, the procession of geometric designs creates a sense of sequential contraction and expansion. The central, pink beaded area is a beautiful and unexpected visual focal point.

Yao
Glass Beads, sinew
Late 19th or early 20th century
L 34" W 4"
Ex Private UK collection

#451
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