Beaded dancing stick

Side view of a dancing stick showing the bead design down the whole shaft. Side view of a dancing stick showing the bead design down the whole shaft. Side view of a dancing stick showing the bead design down the whole shaft. Side view of a dancing stick showing the bead design down the whole shaft. Close view of a dancing stick showing the bead work. Close view of a dancing stick showing the spherical club end. Close view of a dancing stick showing the wooden base.
Side view of a dancing stick showing the bead design down the whole shaft. Side view of a dancing stick showing the bead design down the whole shaft. Side view of a dancing stick showing the bead design down the whole shaft. Side view of a dancing stick showing the bead design down the whole shaft. Close view of a dancing stick showing the bead work. Close view of a dancing stick showing the spherical club end. Close view of a dancing stick showing the wooden base.

Description

A wooden dancing stick covered in a design made up of small beads and aimed at the tourist market. This Maasai beaded piece has come from the Gelai Bomba ('Broken Pipe') village of the Longido region of North Tanzania, East Africa. Maasai beadwork is done specifically by women, but are worn by both men and women. Initially, beads were made of dried grass, sticks, clay, seeds, and shells, these have been mostly replaced by plastic and glass. Maasai beadwork is worn according to the age and social status of an individual and the colours have different meanings for example red (blood, bravery, and unity), white (health, peace, and purity), blue (the colour of the sky represents energy), green (colour of grass signifies the land and production), black (the people and their struggles), yellow (the sun, fertility, and growth) and orange (warmth, generosity, and friendship).
Designers & Manufacturers
Designer (Person)
Manufacturer

Object number

AIBDC : 008449

Date

2000 (circa)

Country

Method

belt
beads
beads

Material

plastic beads
unidentified
wood stick