The Fabric of Society

Timed Online Auction, 18 May - 1 June 2022

Textile Auction
  • Artist Unrecorded; Siyandhana na Lopo (Traditional Healer's Skirt)
  • Artist Unrecorded; Siyandhana na Lopo (Traditional Healer's Skirt)
  • Artist Unrecorded; Siyandhana na Lopo (Traditional Healer's Skirt)


Lot Estimate
ZAR 15 000 - 20 000

About this Item

Artist Unrecorded
20th Century
Siyandhana na Lopo (Traditional Healer's Skirt)
glass beads, thread, bells and textile
length: 83 cm; width: 135cm excluding ties

Notes

Tsonga–Shangaan.

"Siyandhana is the Tsonga word for a plain cloth that has no beads. When beads are added as decoration it is called siyandhana na lopo. The cloth can be red, black, blue or green. The decorated cloth is only worn by someone who has been passed by the spirits or ancestors and is a qualified sangoma."

Enos Sikhauli, Isak Niehaus and Billy Makhubele (2007) 'Divination Objects from the South African Lowveld', in Nessa Leibhammer, Dungamanzi: Stirring Waters, Johannesburg: Wits University Press and Johannesburg Art Gallery, page 187.

A copy of the book Nessa Leibhammer (ed) (2007) Dungamanzi: Stirring Waters, Johannesburg: Wits University Press and Johannesburg Art Gallery, accompanies the lot.

Provenance

The Natalie Knight Collection, collected by Natalie Knight and Billy Makhubele in the field.

Literature

Nessa Leibhammer (ed) (2007) Dungamanzi: Stirring Waters, Johannesburg: Wits University Press and Johannesburg Art Gallery, a similar item illustrated on page 89.



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