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Married Woman's Headdress

Culture Zulu
Title Married Woman's Headdress (Isicholo)
Date 20th century
Medium Cloth, fiber, hair, red ochre, and and animal fat
Dimensions Object: 5 1/8 × 18 7/8 in. (13 × 47.9 cm)
Overall: 5 1/8 × 18 7/8 in. (13 × 47.9 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Budd Stalnaker, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 2006.369

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During the nineteenth century, the isicholo was a distinctive hairstyle that identified a Zulu woman as married; over time it has become a detachable headdress, which varies in form from cylindrical to flaring, depending on regional preferences. Frequently decorated with beadwork, the isicholo today is worn primarily on special or ceremonial occasions.

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