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Bead Sash, n.d.
1 3/8 x 45 5/8 in. (3.49 x 115.89 cm)
glass beads without backing
Photographed by R.K. Liu for "The Bead Journal," 11/15/76.
The Mojave living along the banks of the Colorado River identified themselves as Pipa Aha Macav, "the people by the water." The color blue, symbolizing water, holds great importance in Mojave culture. Blue was commonly seen in the tattoos with which they defined themselves internally and identified themselves to the outside world. The delicate weaving technique and the use of the blue in these sashes suggests that they might have carried spiritual meaning. The intricate designs, woven with tiny strands of beads on cotton string, would've been impractical for everyday use.
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This object was included in the following exhibitions:
- Nuance of Sky: Edgar Heap of Birds Invites Spirit Objects to Join His Art Practice , 1/21/2013 - 4/14/2013
- Overall Dimensions: 1 3/8 x 45 5/8 in. (3.49 x 115.89 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
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