Bronze sculptures of Female Figures by South Afrian artist Jean Doyle
     
   
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Reed Dancer

The traditional celebration of the Reed Dance is a rite of passage to womanhood. It allows the Swazi King to select wives from amongst his female subjects. As many as 25,000 girls participate in the celebrations. The princesses wear red lourie feathers in their hair and carry long knives as a reminder of the Swazi creation myth of the original reed, split lengthwise, out of which the first human beings emerged.

 

 

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Figures in bronze by South African artist Jean Doyle