One-of-a-Kind, hand beaded Ndebele Maiden Doll with gold neck rings.
Handmade in South Africa.
Size:16”T x 5”W
*Please note each doll is hand beaded and may have visible threading. Please treat these delicate dolls with love and care.
ABOUT:The Ndebele are one of the smallest tribes in Southern Africa, the women are one of the most colorful and distinctive in their dress and adornment. The beadwork worn during different life stages indicates the individuals status within the community at any given time.
The Ndebele Linga Kobe Doll is important for the boys because every four years, hundreds of them spend two winter months in a secret place in the mountains undergoing the wela. They do this for they could turn from boyhood to manhood. During the time their mothers of the boys wear linga kobe, strips of beadwork that stretch from their headdresses, to show that their sons are away to the mountains in turning men. So the Linga koba translated means the “long tears” that the mother's goes through in losing their sons but tears of joy at gaining a man.