Xhosa Necklace Isigcina with Nine Love Letters South Africa
Additional Information: A superb beaded necklace with four square panels "Love letters" with beautiful design in blue, red, white, green nd black. These square pendant "love letters" form are found not only among the Xhosa, but also Mfengu, Ndebele, and Zulu. The colors used are of Xhosa style. The way the Xhosa use the space on the work is very different from the Zulu. On the Zuku works space is saturated.The local name of these necklace Isigcina or Amatikiti.
The Xhosa of the eastern Cape region of South Africa have a history of beadwork as long as that of the better known Zulu and Ndebele. The uses of beaded garments, bags, jewelry and objects continue until today in the rural areas.
For similar examples see:
Marie-Louise Labelle, Beads of Life. Eastern and Southern African Beadwork From Canadian Collection, Mercury Series, Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation , 2005, Fig. 75, p. 94
EZAKWANTU. Beadwork from the Eastern Cape. 31 October 1993-29 May 1994. South African National Gallery