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Xhosa  Necklace with 9 Lover Letter Pendants South Africa

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Xhosa Necklace with 9 Lover Letter Pendants South Africa

Regular Price: $95.00

Special Price: $57.00

Product #: 64915
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Type of Object Beadwork, Jewelry
Country of Origin South Africa
People Xhosa
Materials Beads, strings, button (mother-of-pearl)
Approximate Age 1960s-1970s
Dimensions 18 inches Strand.
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Note.

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