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Xhosa Beaded Collar Necklace South African Art

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Title Xhosa Beaded Collar Necklace South African Art
Type of Object Beadwork, collar
Country of Origin South Africa 
People Xhosa
Materials glass beads, cotton string
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions beaded portion is 18 inches; 8 inches unbeaded strap
Overall Condition good
Damage/Repair some dirt, grime


Additional Information: A fine Xhosa beaded collar with frilled decoration in blue and white.


In no other part of sub-Saharan Africa have artists produced a more highly diversified assortment of artistic beadwork than in the southern region. All the major ethnic groups of South Africa have a very long tradition of beadworks. They show a high degree of professionalism in jewelry and decorative art using beads as the central medium. This anklet comes from the Xhosa speaking people of the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.It was worn around the leg by both men and women as part of their ceremonial attires.

The traditional function of the beads in this culture goes behind the simple fact that they embellish the objects. In early times, beads were used as currencies and as valuable items for exchange and compensation. In Xhosa villages, today, beadworks continue to be seen as prestigious Objects. Xhosa beadworks testify to the great pride their makers took in producing objects of quality.


Recommended Reading: 


EZAKWANTU. Beadwork from the Eastern Cape. 31 October 1993-29 May 1994. South African National Gallery.