MAPUNGUBWE BEAD ASSEMBLAGE, UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA, 2020
Beads from the World Heritage Sites of Schroda, K2 and Mapungubwe constitute the ‘Mapungubwe Bead Assemblage’ – with some dating as far back as 900AD. Glass, stone, shell, clay, copper, iron and bronze comprise the material palette of these miniature artworks and provide insights into the socio-economic structures and networks of ancient civilizations.
Light is a material used to reveal colour, texture and transparency, and the artefacts are presented across a range of geographic, material and physical scales to generate an immersive visitor experience. Curated by Sian Tiley-Nel.