Beadwork; Dolls Dress



Beadwork; Dolls Dress






Physical Description: Beadwork made of a fringed band of beads sewn to a hide band with a button and loop fastening. Bead band of blue beads with zigzag pattern in white beads and fringe of lighter blue beads. The original accession register describes it as a dolls dress. [Royal Pavilion & Museums]
Contextual Description: 01:18:11 He says beads like this were [not seen here] Transcription by KL of MAC_BB_20190817_RPM3 SL Interview with Tshupo Ntono, Village Elder, Language: Setswana with English translations by SL, 2019
Contextual Description: SL 46:30
going back to the time and thinking of how rare these glass beads were and who would give them to like kids and dolls?

WT 46:42
know that …kids would have been better. Dolls?! There was…

SL 46:51
maybe just special dolls, you know ones used for healing

WT 47:00
Yeah, maybe maybe

WT 47:02
A special doll, you can say that again.

The above notes are from a transcription by Kathleen Lawther of a discussion between Gase Kediseng, JoAnn McGregor, Nicola Stylianou, Scobie Lekhuthile and Winani Thebele which took place at the Khama III Memorial Museum on the 5th of August 2019. To listen to the full recording please follow the link below.


Making African Connections


Pre 1899




Whole: 170 mm x 60 mm x 8 mm




Collected by Reverend William Charles Willoughby, a Christian missionary, in what was then the Bechuanaland Protectorate (1885-1966). It is now the Republic of Botswana, having gained independence from Britain in 1966.
From 1889-92 Willoughby was pastor at Union Street Church, Brighton (now The Font pub). From 1893 to 1898 he worked for the London Missionary Society in Bechuanaland. He assembled this collection of objects during this period. This was a period of social and technological changes and these objects represent traditional lifestyles and skills, rather than the contemporary lives of the people Willoughby met.

Willoughby's collection was loaned to Brighton Museum in 1899 when he returned to the UK. The loan was converted into a donation in 1936, and accessioned as acquisition R4007.

Some objects were re-numbered with the WA (World Art) numbering system in the 2000s. These numbers have been reverted to the original R4007/... numbers where possible for consistency in 2019.
William Charles Willoughby
Botswana, Southern Africa, Africa


Botswana, Southern Africa, Africa
Cultural Group: Tswana


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